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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 352


Groveland celebrates Wild and Scenic Rivers

Sierra Nevada residents see wild and scenic rivers such as the Merced and Tuolumne as natural treasures.

On last weekend’s rain-soaked Saturday, Groveland celebrated those treasures with a festival in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation on Oct. 2, 1968. (text continues below)

River and forest mascots get down to the music in front of a live band
River and forest mascots get down to the music in front of a live band
"The Trespassers" play live music at the festival

Agencies and organizations including BLM, the National Park Service, the Forest Service, Friends of Yosemite and others staffed exhibits at the festival, which included live music and presentations on issues related to wild and scenic rivers.

David Greenwood, BLM recreational planner, discussed recreational opportunities on rivers managed by BLM in the central Sierras. BLM manages wild and scenic segments of six rivers in California: the Tuolumne, Merced, Trinity, Eel (Middle Fork), Klamath and North Fork American.

Bob Asquith, festival organizer for the Groveland Chamber of Commerce, said the festival was a success despite the move into the school gym to escape the rain. “In the contest – festival vs. weather – the festival won. We had estimates between 125 and 175 (attendees),” he said. 

Festival visitors take a closer look at a map of wild and scenic rivers with Dave Greenwood, BLM recreation planner stationed at Briceburg on the Merced River.
Festival visitors take a closer look at a map of wild and scenic rivers with Dave Greenwood, BLM recreation planner stationed on the Merced River

 

- D. Christy, 10/08


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 352


 
Last updated: 10-07-2008