Wild and Scenic Rivers Evaluation

Wild and Scenic Rivers

Part of the forest plan revision process includes determining eligibility of rivers that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System. Eligibility studies are completed with a finding that each river is eligible or not, and with each eligible river segment assigned a classification. The identification of a river as eligible through the Forest planning process does not trigger any protections under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; however, the river is managed for its potential inclusion into the National System by protecting the free-flowing character, water quality, outstandingly remarkable values, and preliminary or recommended classification.