Wild & Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan

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This interactive story map provides background information, photo tours, and mapping tools to help the public familiarize themselves with nine river segments featured in this project.  Use the navigational tools to explore many aspects of the Comprehensive River Management Planning Process.

 Wild & Scenic Rivers Planning Story Map

National Wild and Scenic Rivers Story Map

Bulletins/Updates: The River Values Report is now available on our Project Planning Page. 

The River Values Report is the first step in the planning process. This report documents the evaluation of resource conditions and river values (free flow, water quality, and ORVs) at the time that Congress designated these rivers as a wild and scenic river, and updates these conditions and values to present condition.  It is important to identify the ORVs because the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act requires the administering agency to “protect and enhance” the river’s free-flowing condition, water quality and its outstandingly remarkable values. Protecting and enhancing these values become the basis for managing these river corridors.

Wild & Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Planning 

In 2009, nine rivers/streams on the Mt. Hood National Forest were designated as additions to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (123 Stat. 991, P.L. 111-11). The Omnibus Act designated 81 miles of wild and scenic rivers across Mt. Hood National Forest on the Barlow, Hood River, Clackamas, and Zigzag Ranger Districts. These designated rivers include the Collawash River, Eagle Creek, East Fork Hood River, Fifteenmile Creek, Fish Creek, Middle Fork Hood River, South Fork Clackamas River, South Fork Roaring River, and Zigzag River.

We are seeking input on the first step of the wild and scenic river planning. The Wild and Scenic River Act requires a Comprehensive River Management Plan for these rivers. The purpose of wild and scenic river planning is to gather information and develop management direction that protects the special values of these rivers for present and future generations. 

Rivers designated by the Wild and Scenic River Act possess outstandingly remarkable values that may include one or more of the following: scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values. In order to be assessed as outstandingly remarkable, a river-related value must be a unique, rare, or exemplary feature that is significant when compared to other rivers in the region or nation. It must also be river-related or river-dependent.

During the winter and spring of 2018, an interdisciplinary team reviewed the conditions of the nine designated rivers and made an initial determination of river values.  The River Values Report summarizes the outstandingly remarkable values identified through the evaluation process to date. More information about how these values were determined and background on the resource conditions can be found in the report.