Recreation, environment, access, and land use news and information for California.

Wild and Scenic River Comments Sought

USFS LogoForest Service shares Wild and Scenic Rivers inventory and eligibility findings as part of forest plan revisions

VALLEJO, California, December 15, 2015 - The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region is sharing our Wild and Scenic Rivers inventory, eligibility and classification findings for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. We completed this process as part of our efforts to revise the land and resource management plans (forest plans) for these national forests.


There are four steps in the WSR process; three are required during plan revisions (inventory, eligibility, and classification) and one step (suitability) may happen during or after plan revision. We have completed a comprehensive inventory of rivers and have determined which rivers meet the eligibility requirements for WSR designation on the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests. All eligible rivers have also been assigned a preliminary classification as "wild," "scenic," or "recreational" based on the type of use, existing access, and development.

No new wild and scenic rivers designations are made as part of forest plan revisions, however, recommendations for designation may result from suitability studies. Wild and scenic river designations are made legislatively by Congress, or though Section 2(a)ii of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Federal designation of state-designated wild and scenic rivers may occur via a state petition to the Secretary of the Interior. Designations may be for a river segment or an entire river and may include tributaries. Congressionally designated rivers are managed as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

For more information on the wild and scenic rivers inventory, eligibility and classification findings, visit our webpage: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/planning/?cid=STELPRD3833668

If you have questions, concerns or feedback about our Wild and Scenic River Evaluation process or initial findings please contact Christina Boston at 707-562-8837 or submit your input via Web-form at: http://tinyurl.com/earlyadoptersfpr. Feedback is most useful if received by February 1, 2016, and includes specific information that would assist in refining the WSR Evaluation.


Winter Road Closures and Snow-play Opportunities
2016 OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program...

Related Posts


OutdoorWire, 4x4Wire, JeepWire, TrailTalk, MUIRNet-News, and 4x4Voice are all trademarks and publications of OutdoorWire, Inc. and MUIRNet Consulting.

Copyright (c) 1999-2019 OutdoorWire, Inc and MUIRNet Consulting - All Rights Reserved, no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without express written permission. You may link freely to this site, but no further use is allowed without the express written permission of the owner of this material. All corporate trademarks are the property of their respective owners.