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Upper Missisquoi & Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic River Study

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The National Park Service has completed the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic River Study Report and Environmental Assessment (EA). The document details the Wild and Scenic Study process and its findings of eligibility and suitability for a Wild and Scenic River designation. The EA specifies the purpose for the designation and need for action as well as alternatives for action. In addition, the report documents the Wild and Scenic River Study process, research and the extensive public input and involvement that resulted in widespread public support.

The accompanying Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Management Plan (March 2013) was prepared by the locally-based Wild and Scenic Study Committee with assistance from the National Park Service as a part of the Study process. It would serve as the comprehensive plan required of all Wild and Scenic Rivers, and functions as a blueprint for conservation actions and management practices whether the rivers are designated as Wild and Scenic or not. The Management Plan and detailed study information can be accessed on the Study web site: www.vtwsr.org

A Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers designation would permanently protect the river from federally licensed or assisted projects that would have a direct and adverse effect on its free-flowing condition, water quality, and resources. A designation can also result in local benefits such as federal assistance for implementation of the Management Plan, research studies, and enhanced cooperation among numerous river stakeholders. River designation may bring prestige and recognition to a region, and can boost the local economy through tourism and possible funding through the National Park Service, matching grants, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance.

The Study Report and EA will be open for public comment through August 29, 2014.

Contact Information
Jamie Fosburgh, New England Team Leader
National Park Service
15 State St
Boston, MA 02109
617 223-5191
jamie_fosburgh@nps.gov

Jim MacCartney
National Park Service
54 Portsmouth St.
Concord, NH 03301
603 226-3240
jim_maccartney@nps.gov