National Park Service
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program -
Northeast Region
Program At A Glance
Paddling on a wild and scenic river

Updated 10-16-08

Our Latest E-Newsletter
October 2008

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. Read More!

2008 State Updates
Learn about our work in each state in the Northeast Region.

Our Vision:
A network of parks, rivers, trails, greenways and open spaces that promotes quality of life and links people to their natural and cultural heritage.

What is the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program ?
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.  

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