Join Us All Weekend as We Celebrate the 48th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts!
On October 02, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed both the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and National Trails System Acts into law. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act is intended to balance our nation’s demands on rivers for hydropower, flood control, and irrigation with the need to protect some of the most outstanding free-flowing river segments and their associated corridors. The National Trails Act conserves a system of several trail types including “Historic Trails”; routes once used for commerce and migration such as the Pony Express and Iditarod Trails, and “Scenic Trails”; routes that provide access to spectacular terrain such as the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails.
The BLM administers 5,078 miles of National Historic Trails, more than any other agency. The bureau is also responsible for stewardship of over 2,400 miles of protected Wild and Scenic Rivers, ranging from thrilling whitewater runs to pristine salmon-spawning brooks.
The four river and trail management agencies – BLM, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service are already preparing programs and celebrations commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversaries of these landmark acts in 2018.
With the act’s initial passage in 1968, segments of the Rio Grande River (New Mexico) and Rogue River (Oregon) became BLM’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers, while portions of the Pacific Crest Trail (California, Oregon) became BLM’s first National Scenic Trail. These special areas are the initial components of what has grown to become the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.