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.