River Policy Update: March Wrap-Up

Locals Advocate for Wild and Scenic RiversIn March, Congress heard from people who support Wild and Scenic River designations for their favorite rivers. During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on a bill that would designate the Molalla River as a National Wild and Scenic River, Michael Moody, President of the Molalla River Alliance testified… Read more »

Protect the threatened Rogue, Smith, and Illinois Rivers

Today’s blog is by Kyle Ashby, American Rivers’ Wild Rivers Campaign Coordinator Rogue River | John Bruckman This week, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley along with Representatives DeFazio(OR) and Huffman(OR) lead the charge towards protecting the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the contiguous United States. The Smith, Rogue, and Illinois Rivers are… Read more »

Run, Rogue, Run!

I am so excited to tell you about a new film produced with support from American Rivers. Click here to see “Run, Rogue, Run.” The film premiered this past weekend (November 7th and 8th) at two Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festivals in Medford and Portland, Oregon. This film takes viewers on a journey down the Wild… Read more »

Salmon and much more along the Rogue River

Last weekend I hiked down to Rainie Falls on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River to watch salmon make their always impressive upstream migration. Myself, a friend and numerous “fish-watchers” were not disappointed. Hiking down to falls would be a worthwhile endeavor even without the reward of Rainie Falls. The trail, at times rough, yet… Read more »

Save the Wild Rogue

This week former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury sounded an urgent call to action to protect Oregon’s Rogue River.  Their opinion editorial ran in the Oregonian. In 1968, the Rogue was one of the first Wild and Scenic Rivers in the nation, but this iconic river and its… Read more »

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »

What’s Your Favorite River Beer?

What’s your favorite river beer? My colleague Kavita just came back from a meeting in southern Oregon where she learned that Rogue Ales and Spirits of Newport, Oregon will soon release “Restoration Redd Ale” to benefit salmon habitat restoration efforts (for you non-Northwesterners, a redd is a salmon “nest” in the bed of a river)…. Read more »

Our Next Wild and Scenic Rivers

Rogue River, OR | American Rivers American Rivers has worked for 40 years to protect the nation’s best, free-flowing rivers with Wild and Scenic River designations. A Wild and Scenic River designation is the strongest tool to protect rivers, prohibiting dams and other harmful development. It safeguards a river’s special fish and wildlife habitat, clean… Read more »

Oregon and California (“O&C”) Lands

click image to view full infographic The future of 2.6 million acres of high value public forest lands is at risk. Managed mainly by the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon known as Oregon and California (“O&C”) lands [PDF], these forests are home to perhaps the highest concentrations of pristine wild rivers in the United… Read more »

Map of Wild and Scenic Rivers

Explore this map that shows all Wild and Scenic Rivers. Only a fraction of one percent of rivers nationwide remain wild and free, unencumbered by dams and poorly planned development. American Rivers is dedicated to conserving these rivers while we still can through Wild and Scenic River designation, the strongest and most effective tool to… Read more »