Photo by Dave Rein
Whaaat! This year marks THIRTY years since the Upper Deschutes River was designated WILD and SCENIC! Aw yup. Stretches of the Deschutes River, along with other rivers in Oregon, were designated as Wild and Scenic in October 1988.
Of the approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the US, 12,734 miles (about 0.35%) are protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Oregon has approximately 110,994 miles of river. Of these, 1,916.7 miles (almost 2%) are Wild and Scenic.
Please join us on Monday, April 23rd, to hear Tim Palmer talk about the amazing Wild and Scenic River program, and the rivers that have this esteemed status. Here are some fun facts about the Deschutes River from Tim’s new book.
- The Deschutes River is the 4th longest in the nation in terms of total miles designated Wild and Scenic. In all, 170 miles of the Deschutes River are designated Wild and Scenic.
- The Deschutes watershed is 8th in the nation in terms of total miles designated in a single watershed as Wild and Scenic (354 miles total).