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Welcome to the Northwest Chapter of the River Management Society!  Comprised of RMS members from the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming the NW Chapter is the largest RMS chapter averaging 150 members. Our goal is to further the mission of RMS by providing a regional forum for members to network, learn, and expand their knowledge of river management through participation and involvement in NW Chapter activities while also enjoying themselves. The chapter has a diverse membership, representing private, educational and governmental institutions and organizations.

Your chapter officers work hard to represent you and facilitate an active membership. Chapter Bylaws provide direction for the functioning of the NW Chapter.  Chapter accomplishments are many and we hope upcoming activities will interest youJoin RMS now!

Chapter Officers


Any professional member is eligible to run for office; officers serve a 3-year term. Candidates should be informed regarding Chapter Officer Roles and be willing to be an active participant. Contact any Northwest Chapter officer to become involved in local or national RMS activities.

Northwest Chapter Officers (January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017):

 Chapter President: 

Louise Kling

Vice President :

Ryan Turner
Bureau of Land Management
1 Butte Dr
Cottonwood, ID  83522

tel (208) 962-3687



Martin Hudson
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 768
Pinedale, WY 82941

tel (307) 367-5315
Events Coordinator
Colby Hawkinson
Bureau of Land Management 
2164 NE Spaulding
Grants Pass, OR 97526

tel (541) 471-6610



The most recent RMS Journal issue focused on the activities in the Northwestern US was Fall 2013, Volume 26, No. 3.

2015 Events for the RMS-Northwest Chapter

We are actively working to plan for several river trips this year and we are always looking for folks to lead a trip – please contact us with your ideas! Our first to roll out is the….


Owyhee or Bruneau River!

Robin Fehlau (BLM) is planning a trip on either the Owyhee or Bruneau Rivers in Idaho for early May.  Participants will need to be flexible regarding the particular river and the kind of craft used as it will be flow dependent.  With good/normal flows, a rafting trip will be planned for the Lower Owyhee River in Oregon.  In the event of lower than normal flows, it is likely the trip will switch to the Bruneau River with participants paddling inflatable kayaks.  Either way, participants should think of this as more of a backpack style river trip rather than a car camping style river trip (i.e. pack light!).

Date: May 6-9

Depart from: Boise, ID

Cost: TBD (no more than $100/person)

Limited: 15 people

Contact:  Robin Fehlau at


Float the Rogue River and possibly be in a Film (**Mid-March!**)

A message from Lisa Byers, BLM Park Ranger

Hello RMS Northwest Chapter members!

This winter I have been tasked with planning the production of a film for the Wild section of the Rogue River, somewhat similar to the Desolation Canyon film that recently came out (which is awesome!).  I actually sent a message out to the listserve in December and received a lot of great input.
I am now looking for boaters who would be interested in floating the Wild section of the Rogue River, looking at a 3 day trip March 17-19 (depends on weather).  Essentially this would be your own trip planning (gear, boats, food, shuttle, etc.) - but you would be floating down the same time as the BLM is with a film crew - and then you could be volunteers/extras for shooting certain scenes to be in the film.

If you have interest in this or any questions, please email me at, and I will maintain "contact" list and send updates as we get closer to hashing out the details.

Current Events in the Northwest


Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Outfitter/Guide Rules

The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed rules pertaining to OAR 250-016-0020, 250-016-35 and 250-016-0050, that modify definitions, adds new language to define license expiration dates for non-boating guides, remove recreational boating laws from a list of violation, clarify violations, and add specific references to types of fishing and hunting licenses, tags and permits. 

Public hearings are also being held to gather written and oral comments on the proposed rules:       

  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: March 8, 20156:30 to 8 pm, 620 Antelope Rd., White City, OR
  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office: March 15, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 901Port Ave., St. Helens, OR
  • Lane Fire Authority: March 29, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 88050 Territorial Hwy, Veneta, OR. 

Written comments may be submitted by April 30, 2015 by 5 pm andcan be submitted via email to  or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056.  Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit: