National Wild & Scenic Act turns 50!
On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a landmark law to protect outstanding, free-flowing rivers nationwide. It created a system of permanently protected rivers with outstanding scenic, recreational, fish and wildlife, historic and cultural values. Like America’s national parks, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was the first of its kind in the world. Today it safeguards more than 12,700 miles along parts of 208 rivers and 3,000,000 acres of riverside land in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The anniversary is a cause to celebrate the legacy of all who have worked for the health of America’s finest streams. It also challenges us to do more, such as donate or maybe do some fund raising.
A suggestion would be to create your own Facebook birthday fundraiser for Foothill Conservancy. You could challenge your friends by saying: For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to the Foothill Conservancy. I'd like to raise $25 for each of the 37 newly designated state Wild and Scenic miles of the the Mokelumne River, or $925 (37 x 25). It's part of a larger Conservancy effort to raise $1,000 for every protected Mokelumne River mile.
Go here for more information on the larger Conservancy fundraising effort.
Do you feel like celebrating?
CalTrout and Foothill Conservancy will host a party to celebrate the Mokelumne River’s designation as California’s newest state Wild and Scenic River and the
50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act ,
, at the Volcano Armory Hall, 21349 Consolation Street, Volcano, CA 95689.
This family-friendly event will feature wild and scenic river films, a brief presentation, and the music of Murphys’ local bluegrass band, The Risky
Biscuits. The event begins at and ends at
The featured film of the evening will be “Run Wild, Run Free!” by Shane
Anderson. This documentary explores the history of the National Wild and
Scenic Rivers Act and how it has benefitted wild rivers all across America.
It will be followed by a brief presentation about the Mokelumne Wild and
Scenic designation and the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Refreshments will be available along with a cash wine and beer bar.
The suggested donation for the event is $10. Proceeds from the event will
benefit California river conservation.
The event will be co-sponsored by Sierra CPR, a new Sierra Nevada-focused nonprofit conservation organization based in Calaveras County.
For more information, contact Carolyn Schooley, Foothill Conservancy, 209-223-3508, or Michael Wier, CalTrout, 530-318-3226.
35 Court Street, Suite 1
Jackson CA 95642