Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership Funding
River Network and U.S. Forest Service
Goals of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership Funding
From the trout-filled waters of Michigan’s Au Sable River, to California’s Cottonwood Creek flowing through groves of Aspen, to Georgia and South Carolina’s much-loved Chattooga River, these waterways are shining examples of the Wild and Scenic Rivers that course through our country. These rivers experienced an increase in visitation over the last year as more people sought time outdoors further reflecting the value of these wild places.
River and riparian stewardship, community outreach and education, and water monitoring by local organizations are vital to protecting these rivers and expanding interest and care from the public to successfully conserve these rivers so they can be widely enjoyed and accessed into the future by all people. Local groups around the country have long stewarded these waterways and seek to further protect and enhance these special rivers in partnership with USFS staff and engage a broader constituency in doing so. The goal of this funding is to support a shared stewardship approach, between local groups and the USFS, integral to ensuring that values of these designated rivers and streams (including cultural, historic, recreational, fish and wildlife) are both protected and enhanced.