Hardcover pub. date
September 2017
ISBN 9780870718977 (hardcover)
9 x 9, 256 pages. 166 color photos. 1 map. Foreword. 5 appendixes. Selected sources. Index.

Wild and Scenic Rivers

An American Legacy

Wild and Scenic Rivers

The rivers of America flow from mountains, forests, and grasslands with astonishing beauty, essential to all life. Many of the best of these streams have been safeguarded under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968—America's premier program for the protection of our finest natural waterways.


Wild and Scenic Rivers celebrates this creative conservation initiative with 160 stunning photographs and a lively history involving citizen activists, scientists, dedicated public officials, and enlightened political leaders. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer illuminates the values of this irreplaceable system of free-flowing streams, probes its problems, and addresses its future.


With a depth of experience dating almost to the inception of the wild and scenic rivers program, Palmer has captured the splendor and essence of our most extraordinary rivers with his camera, and he has told their remarkable story as no one else could do.

“With his book about our Wild and Scenic Rivers, Tim Palmer has made a great contribution to America. Having been directly involved in this program, I’m grateful that the legacy of all who have worked to protect these rivers will be known and appreciated.” —former President Jimmy Carter

“Tim Palmer has created a glorious book of photos, but Wild and Scenic Rivers is far more than that. Read it from cover to cover! All who shoulder responsibility for administering our wild and scenic rivers will find this narrative not just useful and entertaining, but also essential to what we do.” —Chris Brown, Director, Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers, US Forest Service, retired

“There is magic in rivers and in the camera and pen of Tim Palmer. Read this book to understand how and why moving water has become a key component of our environmental ethic.” —Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor Emeritus, University of California Santa Barbara and author of Wilderness and the American Mind

“Through a lifetime of passionate connection with the allure of moving water, Tim Palmer has achieved a rare and fluid eloquence in his words as well as his images.” —Kevin Fedarko, author of The Emerald Mile

“Tim Palmer’s enchanting photographs and engaging storytelling remind me why saving free-flowing rivers from harm is essential. Read Tim’s book to be inspired!” —Rebecca Wodder, former President and CEO, American Rivers

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