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Respect the River/Rio - Resource Managers

Respect the River began as a simple idea on a napkin. Now, it has a sister program (Respect the Rio) and has spread to seven national forests and one national scenic area.

Why is the Respect the River or Respect the Rio program a valuable asset to natural resource managers?

Imagine the following scenarios:

  • The creation of illegal roads, user trails, or dispersed campsites decline.
  • Quality of camping improves; sites are better defined, smaller and more vegetated.
  • Less trash and human waste are found.
  • Soil and vegetation damage caused by illegal motorized vehicle use diminishes.
  • Bank erosion and illegal firewood cutting lessen.
  • Recreationists park their vehicles and RVs away from the stream banks and help revegetated sites.
  • Fisheries and riparian habitats look better than they have in years.
  • Most importantly, campsites remain open and recreationists receive a consistent message.

Respect the River and Respect the Rio can help you make those scenarios a reality. If you want more information on the success of the Respect the River and Respect the Rio programs, check out the Forest Programs page. All the information you need to start a Respect the River or Respect the Rio program on your forest can be found here. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.


Link to United States Forest Service website Link to United States Environmenntal Protection Agency website Link to New Mexico Environment Department website Link to United States Department of Agriculture website