Request for Presentations

2018 River Management Symposium: Wild, Scenic and Beyond!

Vancouver, Washington   October 22-25, 2018 

The River Management Society  is proud to be hosting our biennial training symposium against the backdrop of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Join your colleagues in river management trainings, best practice presentations, posters, information-packed field workshops and fascinating evening programs.  We invite you to submit your 2018 River Management Symposium: Wild, Scenic, and Beyond” abstract through March 16, 2018.

Submit your presentation or poster proposal here.

We welcome presentations and panels from river management professionals (e.g., managers, planners, academics, consultants, or  students) that show how you, your organization, and/or the profession are protecting or enhancing river values. Come help us learn about innovations, creative approaches, successes, and visions for the future of sustainable river management.!  Potential presentation topics are provided below. These themes honor the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and reflect resource values shared by all rivers, regardless of designation or managing entity. 

  • Water Quality— pollution, monitoring, indicators/standards
  • Free Flow and Water Quantity— project effects, development, water rights, climate change
  • Scenery and Aesthetics— measurement, indicators/standards, flow, managing resources
  • Fish, Wildlife, and Ecological Processes—invasive species, endangered species, habitat, subsistence, monitoring, restoration
  • Geology, Hydrology, and Physical Processes—measurement, dynamism, restoration, structures such as log jams or whitewater parks
  • Recreation—managing capacities, conflicts, or commercial use, safety, changing uses
  • Managing use – capacities and allocation
  • History and Culture—protection, interpretation, interactions with other resource values
  • Public Access— easements, navigability, multiple jurisdictions, facilities
  • Rivers cross boundaries— water trails, Wild and Scenic Rivers, stewardship, partnerships

Single Presentations will be 30 minutes in length including time for questions or discussion.. Podium, laptop, projector, screen, and audio will be provided.

Panel sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Panelists will be provided the same support as individual speakers.  If needed, a moderator will be assigned to manage question and answer sessions.

Posters will be displayed during the opening reception and poster session Monday evening, October 22.

Submission instructions: Include a brief description of the presentation, limited to 300 words. For panels, please also be prepared to provide the name, affiliation, biography, and contact information for each panelist and/or moderator. Abstract submission deadline is March 16, 2018.

Abstract evaluation: Abstracts will be evaluated by the Program Committee for relevance to the conference theme and session tracks, quality, level of audience participation, relevance to current trends and issues, and consistency with River Management Society’s Mission.

QUESTIONS?  Contact us at [email protected] Please include your session ID, if available, in the subject line of your message.

This event will be co-located with the Partnership for National Trails’ Conference, so we can commemorate together the 50th anniversaries of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails Act.

Join us in Vancouver USA as a sponsor!

Connect with our audience of over 200 attendees who are responsible for the direct or indirect purchase of outdoor goods, equipment and consulting services.

Take a look at this year's sponsorship and exhibitor information here..

Who will be attending Wild, Scenic and Beyond?

  • City, county, state and federal outdoor recreation and river managers, planners, researchers and administrators
  • University faculty and students
  • Public agency decision makers and policy makers
  • International professionals and academicians
  • Private sector planning and design consultants
  • Conservancies and land trusts


Hilton Vancouver Washington 

301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington, 98660, USA
+1 360 993 450

Hotel reservations for the Symposium will open in early spring 2018. 

Wild, Scenic and Beyond! Co-Chairs

Louise Kling
Portland, Oregon
[email protected]

Helen Clough
Juneau, Alaska
[email protected]

About RMS

The River Management Society (RMS) is a national nonprofit professional organization whose mission is to support professionals who study, protect, and manage North America's rivers. RMS advances the profession of river management by providing a unique variety of forums for sharing information about the appropriate use and management of river resources. RMS continues to build its base of expertise in all aspects of river management and stewardship including an ecosystem approach to recreation, water quality, riparian health, and watershed management. Besides creating multiple opportunities each year for river professionals to learn, train and network, RMS is growing partnerships that will help river professionals serve both our river resources and the people who use and enjoy them.

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