Wild and Scenic Rivers stamps debut

The Postal Service celebrated the nation’s rivers last week.

During a dedication ceremony for the Wild and Scenic Rivers stamps, USPS leaders and others discussed the organization’s efforts to highlight nature’s beauty and grandeur.

“As one of America’s most admired public service institutions, the Postal Service has long celebrated our nation’s rich heritage through our stamp program. Part of that heritage is the great natural beauty of America’s rivers and the many habitats that support wildlife,” said Joe Corbett, the Postal Service’s chief financial officer, who led the ceremony.

USPS held the event May 21 in Bend, OR, near the Deschutes River, one of the streams featured on the 12-stamp pane.

Each river shown on the pane is part of the National Wild and Scenic River System, which is comprised of more than 200 rivers that extend almost 13,000 miles in 40 states and Puerto Rico.

The system was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which Congress passed in 1968 to safeguard certain rivers designated as wild, scenic or recreational.

“One of the things we hope [these stamps] will do is help the public realize what great places wild and scenic rivers are,” said Steve Thede, superintendent of the Niobrara National Scenic River in Valentine, NE, one of the rivers featured on the stamps.

The Wild and Scenic Rivers stamps are available at Post Offices and usps.com.

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