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Celebrating Wild and Scenic Rivers
How should America balance development with protecting our most
important, spectacular rivers? Congress settled this question 40
years ago by passing the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Act declared
that certain rivers "shall be preserved in free-flowing condition
for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations."
On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Act into
law, and in so doing, protected several rivers named in the Act.
2008 State Updates
Learn about our work in each state
in the Northeast Region.
What is the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, also known
as the Rivers & Trails Program or RTCA, is the community assistance
arm of the National Park Service. RTCA staff provide technical assistance
to community groups and local, State, and federal government agencies
so they can conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails
and greenways. The RTCA program implements the natural resource
conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park
Service in communities across America.
What We Do:
Helping to move your ideas into action
RTCA works collaboratively, by invitation, with partners on a wide
variety of conservation and recreation projects. These partners
include nonprofit organizations, community groups, tribes or tribal
governments, and local, State, or federal government agencies. RTCA
provides a variety of assistance tailored to the partnerís needs,
but does not provide direct grants.