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Thank you again for your participation in the 2012 North American River Management Symposium. Presentations shared by symposium presenters are available for you to review or download, arranged as they were scheduled  in the program.

These files will be available online until October 31, 2012 and thereafter by request. To see the presentations, follow these easy steps:

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If you have any questions, please contact RMS at [email protected] or 301-585-4677

Monday, April 23rd 
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Workshop:  Section 7 Training - Sponsored by the Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council  - Joan Harn, Co-Lead, Wild and Scenic Rivers Program, National Park Service - Note: the revised start time for this training is 9:30 a.m.
Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Tennis Tournament Fundraiser
Silent Auction, Merchandise, Vendor Setup

Professional Networking

Tuesday, April 24

Welcome Plenary

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians - Invocation by "Beloved Woman" Myrtle Driver

Keynote: Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food - Paul Greenberg, award-winning author
Plenary: Heritage on the Brink: Restoration of Native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout 
Steve Moore and Matt Kulp, Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Jeffrey R. Duncan, National Park Service
Plenary: Just Add Water - Restoring North Carolina’s Mountain Streams Regulated by Hydropower Dams
  - Steve Smutko, Tuckasegee Facilitator
; Mark Cantrell, USFWS; Mark Singleton, AW; Steve Johnson, Duke Power
Keynote: Protecting, Restoring and Reconnecting with Rivers through America’s Great Outdoors Initiative - Rebecca Wodder, Senior Advisor to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Symposium Tracks

  • Engaging Youth—Assuring Future Generations of River Rats
  • Water Trails as Tools for Advocacy, Stewardship, Education, and Management
  • Accessing the River—From Landownership to Technology
  • Got Water?  Is it Clean?  What about the Fish?
  • Loving the River without Loving It to Death
  • A River Runs Through It

Concurrent Sessions 1

Engaging Youth I 
Building a Junior River Ranger Program for Wild and Scenic Rivers - Lee Steppacher and Liz Lacy, National Park Service

Got Water? I    
Innovative Solutions for River Flow Protection and Restoration
- Gerrit Jobsis, Jenny Hoffner and John Seebach, American Rivers

Water Trails Innovations I
Linking the Landscape: Conservation Strategies along Water Trail Corridors
Staci Williams, American Rivers; Kari Hanna, Palmetto Conservation Foundation; Maria Whitehead, The Nature Conservancy

A River Runs Through It I
Flows and Recreation on Virginia’s New River
Jot Splenda, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Climate Change Predictions and Water Management Options from Coupled Watershed and Salmon - Lisa C. Thompson, University of California, Davis
Railfoads and Access on Alaska's Rivers - David M. Schade, MP, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Concurrent Sessions 2

Engaging Youth II 
Paddle Safe—Paddle Smart (PS2) - Kelsey Bracewell, American Canoe Association

Loving the River I 
Rivers as an Economic Asset: The River Towns Program - Jeff Malik, River Towns Program; Peggy Pings, National Park Service

Water Trail Innovations II 
Blueways for "Greener"Waters - Cate Huxtable, American Canoe Association; Staci Williams, American Rivers

Accessing the River I
Interagency National River Database: A Vision for a Web-enabled Interactive Map and Database of Rivers
- Risa Shimoda, River Management Society; Joan Harn, National Park Service
GIS-based Landscape-scale River Mapping for Virtual Video Access  - Paul Ayers, University of Tennessee 
Alaska's Web-based "Navigable Waters" Information Systems  -
David M. Schade, MP, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

A River Runs Through It II
Infrastructure Projects of Wild and Scenic Rivers—Getting the Best Designs -
James MacCartney, National Park Service 
Protected Rivers and Infrastructure Development: A Case Study of the Stillwater Bridge Issue 
- Jill Medland, National Park Service 
A Bridge Crosses Over It: Using a Charette Process to Design a New Bridge on the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River - Jeffrey R. Duncan

Poster Session Networking

Missouri River Water Trail - Gia Wagner, National Park Service

GIS-based Landscape-scale River Mapping for Virtual Video Access - Paul Ayers, University of Tennessee

The ‘Outstandingly Remarkable’ Value of Recreation across 13 interconnected  Snake River Headwaters rivers - Sidney Woods, Bridger-Teton National Forest

Growing Stewards Using Rivers as Classrooms - Ed Councill, CEO, Paddlesports Industry Foundation and kidsGROWkentucky

Creating a Water Trail on America’s Great River – The Mississippi - Jon Summers, US Army Corps of Engineers

Supporting Trail Maintainers in the Northern Forests - Walter Opuzynski, Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Water consumption numbers: can we make them matter? - Ken Ransford, Colorado River Basin Roundtable

Hydrokinetic Energy Projects & Recreation: A Guide to Assessing Impacts - Joan Harn, National Park Service

GIS-based Mapping of Outstandingly Remarkable Values on the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River - Stephanie Kerrigan and Paul Ayers, University of Tennessee

Water Wise: The History of Whitewater Paddling in Western North Carolina -  Will Leverette, author

Ecologically Sustainable Water Management for the Saluda River: Balancing Human and Ecological Needs - Jeffrey R, Duncan, and Theresa Thom, National Park Service

...and others!

Vendor Exhibition, Silent Auction

Wednesday, April 25th 2012     

RMS Symposium Field Sessions

Wild and Scenic River Management: A Very Challenging River - Chattooga River
Fisheries Management in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Managing a Wild and Scenic Suitable River Awaiting Designation
- Nolichucky River

Restoring Dammed Rivers in Western North Carolina
- Nantahala, Tuckaseegee

Implementing a Wild and Scenic River Plan
- Wilson Creek
Asheville’s Urban River Restoration, Revitalization, and Recreation

- RiverLink Bus Tour
(1/2 day)

- French Broad Float
(1/2 day)
Legacy of the Biltmore Estate’s Landscape

Pizza for Your Thoughts!
Greet new RMS friends, high five long time colleagues, and offer input to RMS leaders to help them know what you feel is important to members.

Meet Mentors and Mentees 
Learn about how river management mentors and mentees are connecting through this new program for which members can sign up and be assigned work together and learn from each other. Share your experiences to help us grow the value of the program for mentors and mentees.

Evening: Special River Presentations
Protected Area Management in Tajikistan - Randy Welsh, Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Leader, USDA Forest Service
The Mountaintop Removal Road Show - Coalfield organizer Dave Cooper and coalfield “mountain keeper" Larry Gibson of Kayford Mountain, West Virginia will present a dramatic 20-minute slide show about the impacts of mountaintop removal on coalfield residents, communities and the environment.                  

Thursday, April 26


Water Wise:The History of Whitewater Paddling in Western North Carolina - Will Leverette, author
French Broad Camping Water trail and Tennessee Statewide Water Trails Planning
- Nancy Hodges, Steve Hendricks, and Karen Cragnolin, RiverLink 
Thinking & Linking Outside the Box  - Jane Polansky, Tennessee State Parks

Concurrent Sessions 3

Engaging Youth III 
Creating the Next Generation that Cares - Liz Sparks, Florida Fish and Wildlife Association

Loving the River II 
Protectors, Promoters and Proprietors - Don't We Owe Each Other? - Risa Shimoda, River Management Society; Mark Singleton, American Whitewater; Rob White, Upper Arkansas Headwaters, Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United, Stuart Schneider, Niobrara Scenic River; Bill Medlin, Legacy Paddlesports

Got Water? II
Angler Action Program - Rick Roberts, Linda Roberts, Snook and Gamefish Foundation; Jeffery R. Duncan, National Park Service
A Probabilistic Stream Assessment to Support Freshwater Conservation - Mark Scott, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Fracking on the Susquehanna - Laura Stroup, St. Michael's College

A River Runs Through It III

A Creek Runs Through It - Cassie Thomas, National Park Service
Water Flow Regulation on the Colorado River in Central Texas: Challenges in Ecosystem Stewardship
- Christine Bonthius, University of Texas at Austin
Water consumption: can we make the numbers matter? - Ken Ransford, Colorado Basin Roundtable

Concurrent Sessions 4

Loving the River III 
Recreation Visitors Inventories to Provide Data for Management Decisions and Communication - Dr. Kenneth Chilman, Southern Illinois University
Ecosystem Services of River: Exploring the Potential for Quantifying and Mapping Social Values - Zachary D. Cole, University of Florida
Whose River is it Anyways? - Linda Jalbert, National Park Service

Water Trail Innovations III 
Supporting Trail Maintainers in the 21st Century - Walter Opuszynski, Northern Forest Canoe Trail 
Ground Broken and Campsites Mapped:  Bringing a Water Trail Closer to Its Paddlers - Hartwell Carson, Western North Carolina Alliance
Using Water Trails to Promote Stewardship and Public Access - Angie Tornes, National Park ServiceGot Water? III

A River Runs Through It IV
The Whitewater Parks Today: The Biggest Little, and Granddaddy Thus Far
 - Risa Shimoda, River Management Society

Restoring Regulated Rivers by Harmonizing Ecosystem Needs and Recreational Benefits
- Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater 
An Arduous Process for Recreational Flow: An overview of providing recreational flow on the Pigeon River (NC and TN) - C. Blake Condo, Louis Berger Group, Inc.

Concurrent Sessions 5

Loving the River IV
Planning for Visitor Use on Wild and Scenic Rivers - Tracy Atkins, Jim Bacon, Kerri Cahill, Chris Church, Ericka Pilcher, and Cassie Thomas, National Park Service

Got Water? III
Water Is Life:  Water Management Strategies in the Southeast
- Mitchell Reid, Non-profit River Protection
Ecological Recovery of Restored Streams: The Myth and the Facts - David Penrose, Watershed Science
The Wekiva Wild and Sce
Deborah Shelley, Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve - FDEP; Nancy Prine, Wekiva Wild and Scenic AMC

Water Trail Innovations IV
Chainsaw Safety In/On Water - A Training Program Overview - Erik Wrede, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Creating a Water Trail on America’s Great River – The Mississippi
- Jon Summers,  US Army Corps of Engineers
Our Mississippi Educator Guide and Other River Education Initiative
- Jon Summers, US Army Corps of Engineers

A River Runs Through It V
21st Century Hydropower; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- Matt Rice, American Rivers; Ryan Brosher, SRA International

Closing Banquet and Live Auction - Camp Rockmont (formerly Black Mountain College)

Our closing crescendo will take place just south of the Black Mountains 9highest mountains east of the Mississippi), the former campus of famed Black Mountain College.  From 1933 to 1957, Black Mountain College was an experiment in progressive education whose influence has grown steadily grown along with the reputation of its alumni faculty.  The
college’s legion of associated visual artists, poets, musicians, architects, and several of the 20th Century’s  most innovative leaders include Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ruth Asawa.
  Alice Sebrell, Program Director of the thriving Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in Asheville, will be on hand to give us an overview of the historical and continuing significance of the college.

Mountain Music will be provided by the Lazybirds

Friday, April 27th
Service Project: Giving Back to the French Broad - Do a good turn for the river that provided the backdrop for the 2012 Symposium!  Pick up trash, remove invasive plants, and build benches and picnic tables, then enjoy a ‘thank you’ lunch provided by RiverLink.