Steve DiCicco receives 2022 NW Chapter River Ranger Award

We are excited to announce that Steve DiCicco has been chosen as the recipient of the first RMS NW Chapter River Ranger Award in 2022! Steve DiCicco is an amazing boatman with over 20 years of boating skills and has been working as a river ranger for the past six years on the Wild & Scenic lower Rogue River system with the Rogue River – Siskiyou Forest Service, which also includes some oversight of the W&S Illinois and Chetco Rivers. He has worked alongside BLM Rogue River Ranger crew members and this season he’s been a one-man show for the Forest Service on the lower Rogue River. 

Steve DiCiccoMany of us who run multi-day rivers like the Rogue, and similar river systems that require human waste pack-out, understand the importance of having an available and working SCAT machine (or other waste disposal option) at the take-0ut! Steve has helped troubleshoot the SCAT machine at the Foster Bar Boat Ramp to ensure that it is in working order for the river users. Steve has also assisted implementing the yearly river clean up on the Rogue and Chetco Rivers with local river partnerships. He is currently a Curry County Search and Rescue member and has been involved in several rescues on the rivers, trails, and backcountry of the Southern Oregon coast.

Steve patrols the rivers, ensuring safety and compliance for hundreds of thousands of Lower Rogue River and Chetco River visitors annually. He passionately and actively works with a variety of key partners, including Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Parks, Curry County Sherriff’s Office, local watershed councils, outfitter groups, lodge owners, landowners, the public-at-large, and the Medford District Bureau of Land Management, which administers a portion of the Lower Wild and Scenic Rogue River.

Steve has made the Rogue River a place that he calls home and is always willing to lend a helping hand to the boating community. The Wild & Scenic River system wouldn’t be the same without Steve’s devoted dedication. 

Steve has been presented with a custom made round wooden river map highlighting the Rogue River. If you see him, be sure to say Congratulations!

Virtual award presentation with colleagues and RMS officers and staff.

Published Nov. 29, 2022

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