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River Management Workshops

For many years the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service (FS), National Park Service (NPS) and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) took turns hosting an Interagency River Management Workshop. The U.S. Forest Service hosted the 2007 workshop in Missoula, MT. The 2009 workshop was hosted by the National Park Service in Yosemite, CA and in 2011 the River Management Workshop and 30th Annual International Submerged Lands Conference (ISLMC) teamed up with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources (see link). in 2013, the BLM supported River Crossings: Linking River Communities, a Research Conference and Workshop in Grand Junction, Colorado, produced by RMS and the Tamarisk Coalition. See the 2013 presentations here.

The River Management Society has been proud to co-sponsor these excellent professional development and networking workshops,  open to all current and future river professionals (not just agency personnel), address timely river management topics, and provide great networking, problem-solving and training opportunities for current and future professionals interested in rivers. 

We are building on past success with the 

2014-2015 RMS Webnetwork Series

Click to see videos from completed events and upcoming webinars that are open for registration

National Water Trails Forum - June 24-26, 2015 - Ann Arbor, Michigan

 Registration is open! 

Join a  training event that offers a networking opportunity to meet and learn from fellow National Water Trails leaders.  The NWT Forum is produced by the National Park Service, River Network, RMS and Southeast Michigan Water Trails Consortium.

Representatives of designated National Water Trails as well as those that have applied for National Water Trail status are invited to network, share best practices and learn from instructors, educators, youth leaders and river managers. We can't wait to meet these water trails leaders in June!


Reach hundreds of thousand paddlers through these NWT leaders!.  It is easy to support the NWT as an event sponsor:  

Justification Assistance

If you will be asked to request approval to travel to the NWT Forum and financial support for your participation, here is a draft justification letter that you can personalize as appropriate to suit your specific needs.


A limited number of scholarships are available, thanks to support from the National Park Service.  To apply, fill out and submit the NWT Scholarship Application Form and note important scholarship-related dates:

  • Applications must be submitted by April 10
  • Applicants will be informed if they have been awarded a scholarship by April 17.
  • NWT scholarship recipients must accept their award by May 1st, in time to register during the early registration period that runs through May 15.