The United States National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve and protect certain special rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values. The Act is notable for safeguarding the unique, wild character of many rivers across the country for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act represents an historic turning point in the United States conservation ethic. The policy preserves rivers and their immediate environments in a free-flowing, natural condition contrasting sharply with the dam building and water diversion ethos that traditionally completely dominated national river policy. Rivers protected under the Wild and Scenic act provide a wealth of benefits including clean water for municipal and agriculture purposes as well as recreational experiences, but the ecological values of these river corridors may prove the most important of all. They provide essential habitat for wildlife species, many of which are endangered, and serve as corridors for connecting larger natural areas and linking diverse vegetative zones. As of 2009, a total of 164 rivers in the United States have wild and scenic protection status. Wild and scenic rivers will continue to play a crucial role in the country’s natural and cultural heritage.
To Learn more about these incredible rivers… check out this link to an article from National Geographic
To see beautiful photos of these protected rivers… check out this link to Michael Melford’s Photos