Land Status, Recreation
50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was passed 50 years ago this week. On October 2, 1968 the US Congress passed Public Law 90-542.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Read the complete law as published in the Land Matters Library

Land Matters is working on a mapping project that will provide a comprehensive view of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Since 1968, there have been 209 Wild and Scenic River Designations that cover almost 13,000 miles of river. The most recent being in August of 2018 for 20 miles on East Rosebud Creek in Montana.

Our Wild & Scenic Rivers Project Map shows all National Wild & Scenic Rivers and their designations (wild, scenic or recreational) and includes eight designated Study Rivers. WSR Project Map

When using the map, SELECT the Information Tool, CLICK on a Wild and Scenic River and the results window returns a link to the Public Law that designated the river. You will also find many of the WSR Management Plans in the Library.

Future Additions include mapping of administrative boundaries, historic Wild & Scenic Study Rivers and a full complement of Wild and Scenic River documents in the Library. We will keep you updated as things progress.


by Leigh
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 01:37 PM

When I was a child, we spent many summer weekends visiting National Battlefields. I learned the history of battles that had happened all around the places where we lived. I am still discovering new things about the places most familiar to me. As Land Matters grows, we hope to help you discover some of the interesting things in your own neighborhood.

In the Land Matters library you can seek out your own park adventure. Find nearby National Parks and Park Units (including National Battlefields) for an interesting day trip. There are several ways to do this. You can search by park name, state or keyword to find what you are looking for.

Choose one of these TABS in the Land Matters Library:

Resources: Get links to park websites for ALL the details.

Collections: Search the Map Collection to Download a MAP of where you are going.

Quick Search: Find documents on the geology, maps and other information about your favorite park simply by typing in the park name.


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by Leigh
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 09:44 PM

National Park Service

The boundary of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is adjusted to include two parcels of land totaling 27.85 acres, more or less. Fee simple interest in the land will be donated to the United States. The properties are located in Delaware Township, Pike County, and Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the current boundary of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Read the Federal Register Notice here.
by Source
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 04:33 PM

Newspaper Rock, San Juan County, Utah

GPS:   37.988333, -109.518056

PLSS:   T32S R22E Sec. 16

Land Manager:   BLM

See the BLM Website for more info

Welcome to Land Matters News & Views.

Newspaper Rock is an impressive petroglyph site located near the entrance to Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah. The ancients appear to have had a hard rock bulletin board to post their news. The who, what, where, when, why and how of living on the land was communicated at this beautiful place by the river. That’s just what you will find here at Land Matters News & Views.

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by Leigh
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 05:06 PM


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