New stamps feature Nebraska rivers

December 22, 2018

Two Nebraska rivers will be featured on 2019 Forever stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service in the new year.

The Niobrara and Missouri Rivers are among a dozen chosen for the Wild and Scenic Rivers collection. Segments of both rivers near the state’s northern border are protected in a natural state by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.

Protected segments of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers stretch a combined 197 miles in the state of Nebraska.

“This issuance celebrates Wild and Scenic Rivers — exceptional American streams that run freely through natural landscapes without man-made alterations,” the U.S. Postal Service said in a statement. “The pane of a dozen different designs features photographs that represent the more than 200 rivers or river segments designated within the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.”

Photographer Michael Melford captured the stamp photograph of the Niobrara River, while Bob Wick of the Bureau of Land Management photographed the upper Missouri River in Montana, near the Hole in the Rock landmark.

“(It was) taken on a chilly September morning as the mist was rising off the water,” Wick said.

Wick deferred to Capt. Meriwether Lewis when describing that segment of the river.

“The hills and river Clifts (sic) which we passed today exhibit a most romantic appearance,” Lewis wrote in his journal, “... seens (sic) of visionary inchantment (sic).”

The Postal Service has not yet announced when the stamps will go on sale.

In addition to the Niobrara and Missouri, the collection includes the Merced, Owyhee, Koyukuk, Snake, Flathead, Skagit, Deschutes, Tlikakila, Ontonagon and Clarion Rivers.

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