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York River Wild and Scenic River Study

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The National Park Service has completed the York River Wild and Scenic River Study Report. The document details the Wild and Scenic River Study process and its findings of eligibility and suitability for a Wild and Scenic River designation. In addition, the report documents the research and extensive public input and involvement that was part of the Study process.

The accompanying York River Watershed Stewardship Plan (August 2018) was prepared by the locally-based York River 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 National Wild and Scenic Rivers, and functions as a blueprint for conservation actions and stewardship practices whether the rivers are designated as Wild and Scenic or not. The Stewardship Plan and detailed study information can be accessed on the York River Study Committee's website:

A Partnership Wild and Scenic River 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 Stewardship Plan, research studies, and enhanced cooperation among numerous river stakeholders. River designation may bring prestige and recognition to a region and possible funding through the National Park Service, matching grants, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance.

The Study Report will be open for public comment through April 10, 2020.

To review the Study Report or provide comments, please click the "Document List" link or "Open for Comment" link.

Contact Information
Jamie Fosburgh, Branch Chief
National Park Service
15 State St
Boston, MA 02109
617 223-5191

Jim MacCartney, Study Manager
National Park Service
54 Portsmouth St.
Concord, NH 03301
603 226-3240