Wild & Scenic Rivers Presentation

Quartzville Creek

Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6:00 to meet Tim and visit the galleries.


The REACH Interpretive Center
1943 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, Washington 99352
Normal Admission Fees

1968. A year of profound change. The Tet Offensive and Vietnam protests. The assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A standoff with North Korea over the capture of the USS Pueblo. Racial protests—even at the Mexico Olympics. Escalation of the Cold War; the Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia. Riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. The transition of “Flower Power” to a more somber time in the country.

But it was also a year of new hope and growth. A manned spacecraft first orbits the moon. The Paris Peace Talks. The beginning of the end to Vietnam.

And it was a year of profound progress in environmental protection. “Sustainability” enters the lexicon with the publication of The Population Bomb and The Whole Earth Catalog. “Earthrise” from Apollo 8 defines a new perspective of our world. Six new national park units. Over 800,000 acres of wilderness protected. The National Trails System Act.

And on October 2, 1968, the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.

There are approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the United States; 1.1 million are at least five miles in length. Only 12,754 miles are protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act—only 0.35% of the rivers found here.

But what a wonderful 12,754 miles! Allagash. Salmon. Snake. Missouri. Concord. Fortymile. Trinity.

As the Act hits a half century of protecting some of our greatest rivers, we hope you’ll join us on November 6 at The REACH in celebrating this milestone.