Celebrating the first International Postcard Week
October 6-12, 2013
Buffalo National River, Arkansas, USA
Demaris Elrod Swint
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The Buffalo River, located in northern Arkansas, was the first National River to be designated in the United States and is slightly more than 150 miles (240 km) long.
The Buffalo National River was established by an Act of Congress on March 1, 1972, ending the recurring plans of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct one or more dams on the river. The National River designation protects natural rivers from industrial uses, impoundments and other obstructions that may change the natural character of the river or disrupt the natural habitat for the flora and fauna that live in or near the river.