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Rio Limpio: Tule River Stewardship Project and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 50th Anniversary Celebration

  • Springville Veterans Memorial Park springville 93265 (map)

"Volunteers attending Tule River Clean-up on Sept. 23rd to receive free Film Festival tickets"

The Rio Limpio: Tule River Stewardship Project wraps up the 2018 season! Through support from Rivers Network, Patagonia, U.S.F.S., and CA Wildlands Grassroots Fund, six volunteers’ events over four months resulted in trash and gang tagging removal, trail repair, and increased personal responsibility by river recreationists – all delivered by hundreds of statewide and regional volunteers who are concerned about river health and committed to do something about it.

 

A final event will be held on Sept. 23rd from 9 a.m. until 12 noon (with lunch provided 12 noon - 1 p.m.). Volunteers are needed for this final event and celebration of our wild and scenic Tule River. Volunteers meet at the Veterans Memorial Park in Springville at 9 a.m.  

Upon completion, volunteers receive $5 tickets to the upcoming WildPlaces’ Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Nov. 9th to be held at the WildPlaces satellite office in Fresno at Bitwise Industries.

The 2018 summer events and the Sept. 23 Clean-up commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Act (WSR). Passed in 1968, the Act offers protection and acknowledgement to rivers (or sections of rivers) that remain free flowing and possess high quality scenic, wildlife, cultural, and recreation characteristics. The Act protects 12,754 miles of 209 rivers in 40 states, including sections of the Kern River.

Sections of the Tule River qualify for WSR designation as well. With proper understanding of the Act, few can deny its benefit to river health.   It is far better for all that the river remains clean, free flowing, and a scenic highlight that attracts tourist dollars. WildPlaces intents to further explore designation of the Tule River as a WSR and invite public participation in this process.  

The Rio Limpio: Tule River Stewardship program is a watershed-wide community effort of WildPlaces to keep the Tule River safe, clean and open for all to use. WildPlaces is a volunteer-driven organization whose mission is to restore and protect the wild and rural places in the southern Sierra Nevada. Learn more about WildPlaces, volunteering, attending the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and participating in Wild and Scenic River designation at info@wildplaces.net,    o: (559) 539-5263; c: (760) 447-1702; www.wildplaces.net.