Historic Wild and Scenic River bill heads to President’s desk

Washington, DC — The second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history now heads to President Obama’s desk, after passing the House of Representatives today by a vote of 285-140. The bipartisan H.R. 146, the legislative vehicle for the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, will safeguard over 1,100 miles of rivers in… Read more »

Conservancy, American Rivers Support Designating Illabot Creek as Wild and Scenic

Seattle, WA – The Nature Conservancy and American Rivers today applauded Representative Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray for introducing new legislation that will designate Illabot Creek, a key tributary of the Skagit River, as a Wild and Scenic River. “By introducing this legislation, Rep. Larsen and Sen. Murray are showing tremendous vision to protect the quality… Read more »

How Long Will Mt. Hood’s Rivers Have to Wait?

For all of us who have waited to see Wild and Scenic protections finally provided to some of Mount Hood’s wildest rivers, well, this week’s vote in the House of Representatives means we will just have to wait a little bit longer. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 would have safeguarded over 1,100… Read more »

Omnibus Public Lands Package meets Opposition in the House

Washington, DC – The House of Representatives rejected legislation today that would have included the second largest Wild and Scenic package in history. The House voted on S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, under a suspension of the rules. Unfortunately, the bill was defeated 282-144, just two votes shy of the… Read more »

Rogue River’s Contribution to the Economy Larger Than Previously Thought

The Rogue River is renowned for its world-class whitewater and fishing opportunities, but its economic significance is often overlooked. Two new studies recently conducted by ECONorthwest quantify both the hard revenue generated statewide by recreation on the Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River and the value to society of Rogue River salmon and steelhead. “Regional… Read more »

1,000 Miles of Rivers in Seven States to be Protected as Wild and Scenic

Washington, DC — The second largest Wild and Scenic package in history passed the Senate today, safeguarding over 1,000 miles of rivers in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, Vermont, and Massachusetts. S. 22, the bi-partisan Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, includes important protections for 270,000 acres of land along 82 new Wild and… Read more »

Wild and Scenic Rivers Legislation to be Considered on Sunday

Washington, DC – This Sunday Congress has the chance to renew its commitment to protect the nation’s clean water and river heritage by passing S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which includes eight provisions that have important protections for 82 rivers. Only once before in history has Congress protected more rivers at one time under the federal… Read more »