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Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Many RMS members work to support the designation and management of Wild and Scenic Rivers, as part of their job or as a component of their avocation. The RMS has been instrumental in developing the first ever brochure on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, updating the map of the National System, coordinating a symposium for the 30th anniversary of the Act and other training workshops, and many other activities. RMS members sit on the Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council (IAWSRCC) which has produced a Reference Guide containing many papers on implementing the Act. To download those papers, click here.

Up a River...With your Camera!  A Celebration of Wild and Scenic Rivers

2013 Wild and Scenic Rivers Photo / Video Contest

The River Management Society conducted a contest that invited Facebook Friends and others to to capture a Wild and Scenic River for others to enjoy in the form of a photo or video. Prizes included a GoPro Hero3 Black camera, cash to a winner and a river charity of his choice, a variety of prizes to Honorable Mention winners and the posting of winners' submissions on the RMS website, the Wild and Scenic Rivers website and in the Fall 2013 RMS Journal (in full color on the web)!  See updates at the River Management Facebook Page, and you can see the submissions at the Wild and Scenic Rivers Photo/Video Contest flickr Group page.  To see the winning images, read on....


WSR Training Opportunities

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.


The IAWSRCC conducted a free workshop April 23, 2012 in Asheville, NC prior to the 2012 North American River Management Symposium, whose agenda is viewable here, and at the River Crossings: Linking River Communities in Grand Junction, Colorado, March 11-15, 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

"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: