American Rivers Recruits Outfitters and Guides to Promote Wild and Scenic River Trips

From the banks of the Upper Delaware to the Sierra’s Tuolumne Gorge, the St. Croix in the midland north to the Cherokee’s Chattooga and the Southwest’s Rio Grande, American Rivers has recruited pre-eminent river outfitters and guides to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
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(Washington, DC) – From the banks of the Upper Delaware to the Sierra's Tuolumne Gorge, the St. Croix in the midland north to the Cherokee's Chattooga and the Southwest's Rio Grande, American Rivers has recruited pre-eminent river outfitters and guides to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

“This program is a win-win for rafting outfitters and for all the communities who depend on wild rivers as a vital component of their tourism economy,” notes Steve Markle of O.A.R.S. Marketing and Partnerships. O.A.R.S is offering a special Wild and Scenic 40th Anniversary trip on the Main Salmon next August, to which a well-known national celebrity will be invited to help publicize this awareness campaign. “The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act paved the way for recreational access and river conservation on so many of our storied waterways: we hope to reinforce its significance by reaching out to our staff and our travelers with a meaningful educational message. We are proud to support American Rivers as the steward of these treasured American waterways.”

Additional Wild and Scenic Rivers 40th Anniversary Signature Trips are planned by the following outfitters on the rivers on which they work, play and share a national privilege with their clients:

ARTA – Tuolumne; ECHO River Trips – Rogue; Far Flung Adventures - Rio Grande;
Ketchum on the Fly - Middle Fork Salmon; Montana River Outfitters – Missouri or Flathead; Nantahala Outdoor Center, Southeastern Expeditions, and Wildwater, Ltd. – Chattooga; River's Edge Outfitters – Little Miami; Wet Planet Rafting – Skagit or White Salmon; and Wilderness River Outfitters – St. Croix.

Additional river outfitters have committed to participate in the anniversary celebration by posting the 40th Anniversary Wild and Scenic logo and Wild and Scenic River System history on their websites, and informing their customers about how the Wild and Scenic legislation uniquely protects rivers.

“We are extremely excited about this support from the outfitting community to help us tell the story of this legislation, the first to protect our nation's ‘last, best' rivers,” notes Quinn McKew, Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Director. “We will be celebrating the 168 existing dam and development- free Wild and Scenic river segments that are protected such that they'll stay that way for future generations, as we pursue designation for forty additional rivers by this time next year.”

For more information, contact Amy Kober akober@americanrivers.org (206) 898-3964.

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