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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.


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Last modified: April 12, 2012

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