American Rivers and National Park Service Launch “River Stories”

National Geographic's GeoStories Platform Helps Tell the Story of Rivers

May 31st, 2012

Jamie Mierau, American Rivers, 202-607-6086

Washington, DC – American Rivers and the National Park Service have teamed up to create “River Stories,” an innovative, web-based storytelling format that aims to engage people in understanding, enjoying, and conserving their waterways. Using the National Geographic Maps groundbreaking GeoStories platform, River Stories combines maps, photos, and video to take viewers on virtual tours of waterways across the country, allowing them to experience the journey on the water and see how people are making a difference locally.

River Stories highlights 10 rivers and waterways, like the Waccamaw, Bronx, and Anacostia rivers. The featured waterways offer outstanding recreational opportunities. They also have communities and organizations that are active in river conservation, programs that get kids and families outdoors, and they connect urban and rural places to protected areas like parks, forests, and refuges. Visit www.AmericanRivers.org/RiverStories and www.nps.gov/watertrails to explore the stories.

“Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and past and future generations. Through these River Stories, we hope Americans will come to better know their local waterways and become inspired to protect and restore them,” said Jamie Mierau, Director of River Protection at American Rivers.

“This partnership has allowed us to bring future stewards out to water trails across the country and then capture their experiences for others to see and share,” said Corita Waters, of the National Park Service. “The excitement and engagement we see on their faces shows us that people enjoying these places now will help protect them into the future. We hope everyone is moved to find their local river and get involved.”

“We are thrilled to enable American Rivers, the National Park Service, and grassroots organizations across the country to tell the stories of our country’s precious waterways. We hope these stories, told through modern technology, will inspire people to discover and conserve the rivers and waterways both in their backyards and across the nation,” said Frank Biasi, Director of Digital Development for National Geographic Maps.

www.AmericanRivers.org/RiverStories

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National Geographic Maps was established as a division of the National Geographic Society in 1915 and is responsible for illustrating the world around us through the art and science of mapmaking. National Geographic Maps publishes wall maps, outdoor recreation maps, travel maps, digital maps, atlases and globes that inspire people to care about and explore their world. www.natgeomaps.com

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. The NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and Wild & Scenic Rivers programs engage partners on their local natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives that lead to protected waterways. For two decades, staff have supported water trail development across the country as a way to help connect people with their local water resources. www.nps.gov/rtca; www.rivers.gov


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About American Rivers

About American Rivers

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Find your connections at AmericanRivers.org, Facebook.com/AmericanRivers, and Twitter.com/AmericanRivers.