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Stamps celebrating rivers arrive May 21

The Wild and Scenic Rivers stamp pane
The Wild and Scenic Rivers stamp pane highlights 12 images from the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

The Wild and Scenic Rivers stamps will begin flowing into the nation’s mailboxes this week.

The 12-stamp pane highlights images from the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, including:

  • Merced River, the main waterway flowing through Yosemite Valley, CA
  • An Idaho segment of the Owyhee River, where desert canyons are carved into volcanic rock
  • Alaska’s Koyukuk River, which originates in the Brooks Range within the Arctic Circle
  • Niobrara River, a tree-lined haven for wildlife amid an otherwise treeless prairie in Nebraska
  • Snake River in Wyoming, where the Grand Tetons provide a spectacular backdrop
  • Flathead River, a Montana stream that is part of a wildlife habitat that includes grizzly bears
  • Missouri River, where the White Cliffs section in Montana remains virtually unchanged since Lewis and Clark’s 1805 explorations
  • Skagit River in Washington state, which is among the nation’s most fertile salmon habitats
  • Deschutes River, an Oregon stream punctuated by beautiful cascades over volcanic rock formations
  • Tlikakila River in Alaska, where moose, caribou, Dall sheep, bears, wolves and sockeye salmon thrive
  • Ontonagon River of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which runs northward into Lake Superior and is rich with native trout
  • Pennsylvania’s Clarion River, which flows through lands that are home to some of the tallest old-growth forest in the Northeast

Overall, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, established by a 1968 law, is comprised of more than 200 free-flowing rivers that are noted for remarkable attributes, including fish and wildlife, geology, recreation and cultural or historical significance.

Derry Noyes, a USPS art director, used existing photographs to design the pane, which will be available at Post Offices and

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