Wild & Scenic Rivers

This documentation outlines the process that Forest Service officials took to determine the eligible segments, as well as provides the basis for making the eligibility and classification determinations. Final  Wild & Scenic River's documentation will be included as part of the Environmental Impact Statement for Forest Plan Revision.
As part of the Plan Revision Process, Forest officials evaluated 2,500 miles of named streams on the Tonto National Forest and have identified 20 segments that are potentially eligible for the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. These segments are ones in which the segment was free flowing and an outstandingly remarkable value was identified. Each possibly eligible segments was assigned a preliminary classification of wild, scenic, or recreational.
The National Wild & Scenic Rivers (WSR) System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve rivers that contain outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing system, and are for the enjoyment of present and future generations. 
For a river to be eligible for WSR designation, it must be free flowing, and possess one or more outstandingly remarkable values. Outstanding remarkable values include: scenery, recreation, fish, historic and cultural, geography, and other values. Further information on the process of selecting National Wild & Scenic Rivers can be found in Chapter 80 of the Land Management Handbook.

Photo Credits: Tim Palmer

For more information on the Wild & Scenic River process visit our WSR Story Map or check out the WSR Presentation presented at the Wild & Scenic Rivers Educational Forums in June 2016. 

The maps from the Wild & Scenic Rivers Educational Forums are availablhere