BEND, OR -- The U.S. Postal Service is paying tribute to some of America’s most beautiful waterways, with a new series of postage stamps. They’ll be dedicated Tuesday in Central Oregon. Jean Nelson Dean, with the Deschutes National Forest, tells KBND News, "The post office has decided to do their first release of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic River Act stamps – beautiful stamps – they’re going to do it here, in Tumalo State Park."
The Wild and Scenic Rivers system was approved by Congress in 1968. As of last year, it protects more than 13,000 miles of 226 rivers in 41 states and Puerto Rico. But only 12 rivers are featured in the stamp series, including the Deschutes. "The post office is making Bend special," says Nelson Dean, "We were picked out of all the places in the nation."
Tuesday's dedication ceremony involves local representatives from a number of agencies, "The Forest Service, the BLM, the Fish and Wildlife service, the Parks Service and State Parks, actually; people who manage Wild and Scenic Rivers." The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. and is open to the public, "Anybody who comes to the event will get that very first release stamp, which is a big deal, and get to learn about Wild and Scenic Rivers. There will be events and stamp events."
The series of 12 stamps features famously scenic waterways like the Missouri River, Flathead, Snake and Deschutes.