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Wild and Scenic Rivers Management

RMS members support the designation and management of Wild and Scenic Rivers as part of their job or as river advocates. The RMS was instrumental in developing the first 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 the video / photo campaign mentioned below. RMS members sit on the Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council (IWSRCC) which has produced a Reference Guide containing helpful papers on implementing the Act, downloadable by clicking here.

Up a River....with your camera! A celebration of Wild and Scenic Rivers 

RMS 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: submissions are located at the Wild and Scenic Rivers Photo/Video Contest flickr Group page Read on....

2014 WSRTraining Workshops                    

November 18 - 20, 2014

Registration for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region Wild and Scenic Rivers Training for Program Managers is open!

Workshop Flyer              Registration Form              Workshop Prework and Pretest

This training session will take place at the Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters Office, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, Oregon.

A block of rooms has been reserved for workshop participants November 18-19 at the Best Western Sandy Inn, 37465 Highway 26, Sandy, Oregon, and must be reserved by October 18, 2014.  888-882-1214 or 503-668-7100. Here's a map of Sandy and other local hotels, as well.

For questions about the program content, contact Lisa K. Machnik, Ph.D., Wilderness/Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Manager, USDA. Forest Service Pacific NW Region,(503) 808-2449,  For questions about the registration process, please contact RMS at (301)585-4677.

Recent Trainings

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, 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 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.

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.


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


"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: