The US Postal Service is spotlighting the natural beauty of America’s wild rivers on May 21, 2019, with their release of the new issues, Wild and Scenic Rivers. These stamps pay tribute to the exceptional streams that run freely through America's natural landscapes. This pane of a dozen Forever stamps honors the rivers' beauty, each one showcasing one of twelve different rivers - just a small representation of the more than 200 rivers and river segments in the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
First row, left to right: Merced River, Owyhee River, and Koyukuk River (Michael Melford, photographer)
Second row, left to right: Niobrara River (Michael Melford, photographer), Snake River and Flathead River (Tim Palmer, photographer)
Third row, left to right: Missouri River (Bob Wick, staff photographer for Bureau of Land Management), Skagit River (Tim Palmer, photographer), Deschutes River (Bob Wick, photographer)
Fourth row, left to right: Tlikakila River (Michael Melford, photographer), Ontonagon River (Tim Palmer, photographer), Clarion River (Bob Wick, photographer).
The Wild and Scenic Rivers stamps are designed to feature both the rivers as well as the preservation efforts of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (established in 1968). America’s wild and scenic rivers are those deemed remarkable for values including fish and wildlife, geology, recreation and cultural or historical significance. These special streams are allowed to flow freely through natural settings without man-made alterations.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act categorizes designated segments as either wild, scenic or recreational. Wild rivers are undammed, unpolluted and generally accessible only by trail. Scenic rivers may be “accessible in places by roads.” Recreational river areas, on the other hand, are “readily accessible by road or railroad,” may have some shoreline development and may have been dammed in the past. Designations often result from grassroots action by local citizens.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers system provides clean water, places of beauty and sanctuary and habitats for native wildlife.
The first day of issue ceremony for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Commemorative Forever stamps will be celebrated at Tumalo State Park in Bend, Oregon on Tuesday, May 21. The ceremony is open for all, with free admission. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/wildrivers. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #WildScenicRiversStamps and #WildRiverStamps.
Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic catalog or at Post Office locations nationwide.
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