President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill into Law

Washington, DC – American Rivers applauded President Barack Obama today for signing into the law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling over 1,100 miles in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. The legislation… Read more »

President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Legislation Today

Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers, attended the ceremony today at the White House, where President Barack Obama signed into law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. Below is a special message from Rebecca. When American Rivers celebrates our centennial anniversary, March 30, 2009 will be a “red-letter” day on the timeline… Read more »

I’m a Self-Interested Conservationist at Heart

I admit it. I’m a self-interested conservationist. My love of fishing, whitewater boating and simply put, enjoying the joy brought by rivers. My desire to learn about everything from the life cycles of fish and wildlife, how, when and why aquatic bugs hatch, and the power of a river at flood stage to both destroy… Read more »

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 »

Today is a Day to Celebrate

Today is a day to celebrate. Simply put, Congress today passed the most comprehensive river protection and public lands bill in decades. The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states and also designates over 2 million acres of new wilderness.  To give you a sense of scale,… 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 »