The U.S. Postal Service will release its National Wild and Scenic River stamp series on May 21 that includes Pennsylvania’s 2019 River Of The Year—the Clarion River.
The Clarion River stamp features a glowing image captured by U.S. Bureau of Land Management photographer Bob Wick.
The headwaters of the Clarion River is near Johnsonburg in Elk County and the river flows generally southwest and joins the Allegheny River south of Emlenton in Clarion County.
Aquatic communities along the Clarion River were historically impacted and degraded from watershed stressors, such as mining and logging, but the river presently supports healthy aquatic communities thanks to many restoration, enhancement, and protection efforts over the years.
The Clarion River is a thriving cold water fishery from its headwaters to its confluence with Mill Creek in Strattanville, where it transitions to a warm water fishery until its confluence with the Allegheny River.
The Clarion River has National Wild and Scenic River designation, which protects and enhances its free-flowing state to promote recreational and scenic values.
The river is continuing to recover thanks in part to the concerted conservation efforts of many agencies and organizations along its corridor.
Click here to pre-order the Wild and Scenic Rivers stamp series.