Congress has specified in some Wild and Scenic River designations, that rivers are to be administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the NPS in partnership with local governments, councils, watershed groups and non-governmental organizations, generally through the use of cooperative agreements. In these 'Partnership' Wild and Scenic Rivers communities protect their own outstanding rivers and river-related resources through a collaborative approach.
Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers are a unique category of designated rivers managed through long-term partnerships between the National Park Service and community, local, regional, and state stakeholders.
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Interested in Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers?
- Access our PWSR Toolkit to explore, study or implement designation using the Partnership Wild and Scenic model.
- Contact NPS Staff on your local Partnership Wild and Scenic River.
Read a summary article at the George Wright Society on the establishment of this collaborative management model.
Check out our '20 Years of Success Protecting Nationally Significant River Resources through Locally Based Partnerships'.
- Read stories from our Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers News.
Last updated: May 15, 2023