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Advocate for Wild & Scenic Rivers

The National Wild & Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.  Rivers are classified as wild, scenic or recreational.

Friends of Plumas Wilderness advocates for the protection of Wild & Scenic Rivers in the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascades.  We are partnering with the California Wilderness Coalition to inventory potential Wild & Scenic Rivers on the Plumas National Forest.

To learn more see:  Wild Rivers of the Lost Sierra Campaign Launch 2/7/2018 Plumas News

Muir’s travels and Feather River memories are rich in history

 

Chips Creek, a tributary to the North Fork of the Feather River, will be inventoried to determine if it meets the criteria for Wild & Scenic River designation.

Middle Fork

of the Feather River

Of the 77.6 miles of the Middle Fork of the Feather River designated as Wild & Scenic, 32.9 miles are Wild, 9.7 miles are Scenic and 35.0 miles are Recreational.

 Wild River Areas – Rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments and generally inaccessible except by trail, with watersheds or shorelines essentially primitive and waters unpolluted.

Scenic River Areas – Rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments, with shorelines or watersheds still largely primitive and shorelines largely undeveloped, but accessible in places by roads.

Recreational River Areas – Rivers or sections of rivers that are readily accessible by road or railroad, that may have some development along their shorelines, and that may have undergone some impoundment or diversion in the past.

The Wild & Scenic Rivers System protects 12,709 miles of 208 rivers in 40 states.  This is less than one-quarter of one percent of the nation’s 2.9 million miles of rivers.

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers act in 2018, Friends of Plumas Wilderness is partnering with individuals and organizations to celebrate the Middle Fork of the Feather River and initiate a campaign to protect Wild Rivers of the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascades.  A key component of the campaign is creating a film celebrating the Middle Fork of the Feather River.  We need your help to make our vision a reality.

The Middle Fork of the Feather River was one of eight “charter” rivers designated with the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act in 1968.

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