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Wild and Scenic Rivers 

Comprehensive River Management Plans
Wild and Scenic Rivers Managers Offer Reflection and Input for Others

The River Management Society (RMS) interviewed wild and scenic river (WSR) managers asking, “What have you learned?” and “What should future river managers and planners know and consider as they develop a new or revised CRMP?”

The intent of this interview effort and report was to assist the development of CRMPs based on insights from Wild and Scenic River managers currently developing, revising, or implementing comprehensive management plans, and for members of the public desiring to interact in WSR planning and management. Rivers managed by the National Park Service for which CRMPS are not required or which have been designated after the completion of equivalent plans, prepare relevant management plans.  The interviews were conducted in 2018, within a framework of questions created by the Council, based on their summary of CRMP requirements. 

We appreciate the time these professionals have taken to share their perspectives and provide helpful guidance to others developing or revising CRMPs for the WSRs they administer.  Read the report here.

Clarion Wild and Scenic River - PennsylvaniaWild and Scenic Rivers Commemorative Stamp Image Prints - Thank you for your support!

Prints of images used for the US Postal Service Wild and Scenic Rivers Commemorative Stamps were offered in 2019, thanks to permission given to RMS by two of the photographers, Tim Palmer and Bob Wick (Bureau of Land Management). Stunning prints for fans of Wild and Scenic Rivers. Proceeds from the sales of images of the Clarion (PA), Deschutes (OR), Flathead (MT),  Missouri (MT),  Ontanogan (MI), Snake (WY) and Skagit (WA) support the work of American Whitewater, River Network and RMS.

Management Trainings and Workshops

Upcoming Wild and Scenic Rivers Trainings and Workshops

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Recent WSR Trainings and Workshops

Dingell Act Wild and Scenic Rivers Workshop, February 11-14, 2020 - Springfield , OR

Managing Wild and Scenic Rivers in Wilderness, October 22-23, 2019, Bend, OR 

Developing a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP), November 4-8, 2019, Inyo National Forest, Bishop, CA

2019 River Ranger Rendezvous, August 5-8, 2019 - Colorado River / Ruby Horsethief and WestwaterCanyon

Swiftwater Rescue Certification, hosted by the RMS Southwest Chapter - May 22-24, 2019 - Arkansas River, Salida, CO

Training for the RMS River Training Center Instructors - Winter, Spring 2019

National Forests in Mississippi Workshop
Developing a Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (CRMP)

Hattiesburg, Mississippi December 2018

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Workshop
Developing a Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (CRMP)

North Bend, Washington April 2018

San Bernardino National Forest Workshop:
Developing a Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (CRMP)
San Bernardino, California October/November 2017

Wild and Scenic Rivers Workshop, US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region - Santa Barbara, CA April 2017

Wild and Scenic Rivers Workshop, US Forest Service Northern Region - Whitefish, MT March,2017

2016 River Management Symposium in Boise, Idaho - May 2016. Here are links to the final program and proceedings.

Southwest Region Wild and Scenic Rivers Workshop - Albuquerque, NM - November 2014
Bjorn Frederickson, Kyung Koh Willis

Section 7 of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Webinar (2 hrs.) Here is the video recording 
Lisa Machnik, Ph.D. and the USDA Forest Service 

Wild and Scenic Rivers Study Process - How to complete a WSR Study (72 minutes) Here is the video recording
Jim MacCartney, River Manager, National Park Service Wild and Scenic Rivers Program
Cassie Thomas, Program Analyst, Wild and Scenic River Specialist, Park Planning & Special Studies Division and Alaska Coordinator, Hydropower Assistance Program.

Wild and Scenic Rivers Carrying Capacity (35 minutes) Here is the video recording
Randy Welsh, Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Manager
Adam Milnor - Outdoor Recreation Planner, Bureau of Land Management

November, 2014 - Pacific Northwest Region Wild and Scenic Rivers Training for Program Managers in Sandy, Oregon, sponsored by the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region Workshop Flyer  

October, 2014 - Wild and Scenic Rivers Management and Section 7 Workshop in Redding, California, sponsored by the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Workshop Flyer   

September and October, 2014 - Section 7 of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Webinar - presented by RMS, sponsored and presented by the USDA Forest Service,  Pacific Northwest Region. Review the WSR Section 7 Webinar video recording here.

April, 2014 - RMS offered a Wild and Scenic Rivers training track at the Managing Rivers in Changing Climes: Training Tomorrow's River Professionals. This link provides a compilation of the session abstracts and webinars first presented there were featured in our 2014-2015 webinar series.

June, 2013 - RMS coordinated with a USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Wild and Scenic Rivers Workshop. This two day workshop served federal agency staff.

The comments from participants seem to indicate success:

  • Session was really enjoyable.  Always learning new information, particularly about federal assistance.  Was really helpful to exchange ideas during the stewardship discussion.
  • Great course!
  • Class was very beneficial, and instructors were very knowledgeable.

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RMS has also IAWSRCC - conducted workshops prior to the 2012 North American River Management Symposium and during the River Crossings: Linking River Communities in Grand Junction, Colorado -  March 2013.  RMS supported four Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Section 7 training webinars in December, 2012 and January, 2013.  Presentation materials are available upon request to [email protected]

 

"Thank you for conducting the webinar! I am soon to move out to a position in California managing recreation along the Smith River… it will be my first experience in WSR management, and your class was a great introduction!

Carrie Carter-Griffin, Recreation Manager, Little Missouri National Grassland, McKenzie Ranger District, 1901 Main Street South, Watford City, ND 58854

Ready, set, download!

This page contains hyperlinks to a number of documents and presentations with information about the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Due to their size, users are advised that some of these files may take some time to download and open, depending on your connection speed. Grab a cup of coffee or tea!

WSR Questions and Answers: The link below launches a 77-page Adobe Acrobat PDF file (288KB) that contains a compendium of questions and answers pertaining to Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR). This compendium was developed by the Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council. Wild & Scenic Rivers FAQs.

WSR Lessons Learned – Oregon: The link below launches a 2.35 MB Adobe Acrobat PDF file that contains a slide presentation about WSR lessons learned in Oregon. WSR – Lessons Learned – Oregon (PDF)

The link below enables users to download the above presentation to a local computer and save as a 3.65 MB PowerPoint file. WSR – Lessons Learned – Oregon (download as PPT)

WSR Study Process – AK Example: The link below launches a 475 KB Adobe Acrobat PDF file that contains a slide presentation about the WSR study process in Alaska. WSR – Study Process – Alaska (PDF)

The link below enables users to download the above presentation to a local computer and save as a 1.53 MB PowerPoint file. WSR – Study Process – Alaska (download as PPT)

Additional Information: For additional information about Wild and Scenic Rivers, you may want to visit the homepage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System at: http://www.rivers.gov