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.