The art: Carleton Watkins, Big River from the Rancherie, City of Mendocino, 1863.
The news: “America’s Wild and Scenic Rivers: More than four decades after it became law, a little-known federal act safeguards hundreds of primordial waterways,” by Joel K. Bourne, Jr. for National Geographic Magazine.
The source: Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other prints are in the collection of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, Calif., and at the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.
This Watkins is also included in "Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs," by Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis with a team of contributors. This landmark book was just published by the J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Publications.