Wild & Scenic

Rivers

Resource Definition

An administrative designation created under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 applied to preserve certain free-flowing rivers that “possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values”.

Who controls or influences the resource the most?

This system is managed by the BLM and the Forest Service before and after designation by Congress or the Secretary of the Interior. Sections that are determined to be suitable can be managed to preserve their suitability by an agency land management plan while awaiting congressional designation.