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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, 2012 through December 31, 2014):

 Chapter President: 

Lynette Ripley
1375 SE Wilson Ave., Ste. 100
Bend, OR  97702

tel (541) 389-6541 x 233

Vice President :

Jim Beaupre
Bureau of Land Management
3050 NE 3rd St.
Prineville, OR  97754

tel (541) 416-6776



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

tel (208) 962-3687

Molly (Wainwright) Baumann
4701 France Ave.,  South
Minneapolis, MN  55410

tel (503) 803-1640


The most recent RMS Journal issue focused on the activities in the Northwestern US was Summer, 2011, Volume 24, No. 2.

2013 Schedule of Events for the RMS-Northwest Chapter

New Members Contest

Could you use a FREE gift card to REI for $100?  From May 1-September 1, 2013, the RMS Northwest Chapter member who is responsible for signing up the most NEW RMS members will receive $100 to REI delivered to them, it is that easy!  Stay tuned in May for more details and start thinking of who you work and play with that would be great candidates to recruit!

2013 River Trips

Mark your calendars for three river trips set just for you in 2013!  There is plenty of time to plan on joining your fellow river runners on one or all three river trips this year.  We will be emailing out the registration forms for each individual trip later this Spring, so think about signing up and bringing along some new river rats to join you and join RMS.

1)   Blackfoot River Trip, Missoula, Montana

July 12-14, 2013
Thank you, Dave Ryan and Chet Crowser!

2) South Fork Boise River Day Trip

Saturday, July 27th
Thank you,  Dave Draheim and Robin Fehlau!

3)   Main Salmon River Trip, Salmon, Idaho
Open to everyone: registration deadline has been extended to August 15th.

September 13-18, 2013
Corn Creek to Carey Creek - trip will be alongside the Slate Creek Ranger Station River Rangers Patrol
Group Size Limit: 20 people - spots still available (8-7-2013)

Here is another GREAT river trip to feed your whitewater boating addiction!!  Your RMS Northwest Chapter gives a HUGE thank you to RMS members Ryan Turner, BLM Idaho, and Jeremy Harris, USFS Idaho, for partnering and organizing this fabulous river run for 6 days on the beautiful Main Salmon River.

For a truly low cost you will join the USFS Slate Creek Rangers on this Class III whitewater river trip through miles of Idaho wilderness.  This is a perfect opportunity to invite new folks to join you on the trip and learn about RMS.

To register, contact Ryan Turner at 208-962-3687 or email him at by August 15, 2013.  See the attached registration form and trip logistics for more information.

Summer is here, so don't miss out on this sweet river run!

Cost:  Approximately $250 per person
Contact Person:  Ryan Turner, Cottonwood, Idaho

4)   Rogue River Trip, Grants Pass, Oregon

October 18-20, 2013 
Wilderness river section, lodge to lodge trip, staying at Black Bar and Paradise Lodges
Group Size Limit:  12 people - 2 spots available (7-18-2013)
Cost:  $325 per person
Contact Person:  Becky Brown, Grants Pass, Oregon

Time to sign up for this Rogue River Wilderness trip in Southern Oregon.  This lodge trip is pretty sweet on the gorgeous wild Rogue, and a great opportunity to stay warm at night with hot, home cooked meals.

Thanks to your Northwest RMS Chapter partnering with the Grants Pass, OR Bureau of Land Management and the Gold Beach, OR Forest Service, this trip will again be offered this Fall.  A HUGE thank you to Becky Brown, BLM in Oregon, and Nancy Schwieger, Forest Service in Oregon, who have put together a 40 mile river run through the Rogue Wilderness with Class III and IV whitewater for a low cost of $325 for RMS chapter members!  Thanks go to our awesome NW Chapter volunteers for all their work on this class act river trip that our chapter loves, every other year.

Please see the attached trip logistics and registration form.  If you have any trip questions, contact Becky Brown.

If you don't take advantage of one of our premier river trips offered this year and bring along some new members, you will miss out on a great opportunity to see these rivers behind the scenes, with our professionals giving you the A+ get signed up!  Registration is open to RMS members until July 27, 2013. The trips are open to non-members as well.

It's time to get your paddles wet!