Six hotspots for protecting the Northwest’s wild rivers

Spring has arrived in Seattle, and in addition to blooming salmonberry and longer days, that means summer river trip planning is underway! Every year our Northwest staff, along with friends, partners and spouses get together for a trip. We had a great time on the Salmon last year. This year we’re heading to the Grande Ronde. (The Salmon and the Ronde are just two of the region’s many Wild and Scenic rivers.)

This year, 2008, is the 40th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. American Rivers was founded 35 years ago to protect more of our nation’s best, free-flowing rivers as Wild and Scenic, and in this anniversary year we’re rededicating ourselves to saving wild rivers from new dams and other harmful development.

Our Northwest office just published a short report, outlining our work to designate new Wild and Scenic rivers in six key areas:


  1. North Cascades
  2. Volcano Country
  3. Olympic Peninsula


  1. Great rivers of Mount Hood
  2. Wild Rogue and Kalmiopsis
  3. John Day River
Find out more about the rivers we’re working to protect: There’s something special about a wild river (PDF)