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Old 10-03-2018   #1
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Wild and Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary

Hey fellow river lovers,

In case you are STILL not a member of American Whitewater so that you didn't receive their email about the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers act take note. Today, October 2, marks 50 years since the legislation was signed. To celebrate this grand event, the documentary Run Wild, Run Free is available to watch on Vimeo for only 3 days (Oct. 2 -5). You can check it out here.

I just watched this and it was time well spent. It contains great history and covers some truly remarkable stretches of rivers. So crack your beverage of choice and kick back for 45 minutes while you remember why we love our rivers and why they need to be protected.


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Definitely a good watch
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Just a few questions...

Sorry to be so dense, but what exactly does it mean for the Forest Service to "strip proposed" or "planned protections" from these streams? What were the protections? When were the protections proposed and by whom? Was it the case that these streams were proposed to be included in the wild and scenic rivers list? I could not find the answers to these questions in the Draft Suitability Report. Please help and explain.
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Old 10-05-2018   #4
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With all due respect, "dense" can substitute for "lazy." Wild and Scenic designation has nothing to do with agency management ("the Forest Service") and everything to do with inherent values that might - under a different Administration (not Drumpf's) - lead to protecting a specific river corridor from development (hydropower, mining, water project, etc.). Once a river segment has been identified for W&S status, proposed, and "protected," it is supposed to be managed to preserve it intact and undeveloped and in accordance with the values of the Act.
Not "dissing", just saying: dozens of far better explanations on the interweb than my poor effort. There are many rivers - segments of them more precisely - that have W&S 'designation" and are waiting a final decision.
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