Registration open for 2024 Wild and Scenic River Training Series

Join us for an immersive and collaborative training series that enhances your Wild and Scenic Rivers expertise! This series, designed for professionals engaged with WSRs, isn't just about learning—it's about fostering a community of practice. We aim to educate individuals working directly or indirectly with Wild and Scenic Rivers and equip them with practical skills, strategies, and insights to optimize their roles. Expect more than passive learning; anticipate engaging discussions, interactive elements, and opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals. Dive into the world of Wild and Scenic Rivers, learning practical skills that streamline your work and elevate your contribution to protecting and enhancing these resources.

WSR Training Series 2024

This series is open to RMS members and non-members. Registration is $15 per session, or free for RMS members. RMS membership is $60 annually at the Individual level. Learn more about the features and benefits of membership and join today on our Membership page.

River Training Center instructors will facilitate the series using Zoom and request that participants come ready with their cameras on and microphones enabled, ready to connect and learn together. Participation in all six sessions is requested but not required.

Materials are aligned with the vision of the Interagency Wild & Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council and the Technical Core Competencies for River Management Specialists and Non-Specialists. You can find more WSR training resources here or at rivers.gov.

The target audience includes agency and partner staff involved in Wild & Scenic River program planning, coordination, partnership development, stakeholder communication, implementation and decision-making, visitor management and safety, natural and cultural resource management, impact monitoring and assessment, and other related activities.

With questions about this series, please contact Angie Fuhrmann, River Training Center Coordinator, at training[at]river-management.org.


1. Foundations of Effective River Management

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
12:00-1:30pm PT
Colter Pence & Angie Furhmann
Join us for a session about the River Management Technical Core Competencies recommended by the Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council. Assess and enhance your skills while discovering where to access vital information, enabling you to navigate your role more efficiently and effectively.

2. The Importance of River Value Descriptions

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
12:00-1:30pm PT
Join us for an engaging session to discover the pivotal role of river value descriptions in managing Wild and Scenic Rivers. Gain practical insights and learn the art of crafting comprehensive value descriptions, contributing to protecting and enhancing our invaluable Wild and Scenic Rivers.

3. Fundamentals of the WSR Study Process

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
12:00-1:30pm PT
Join us to explore the study process for adding a river to the National Wild and Scenic River system. Gain insights into eligibility inventory, delve into different river classifications, and the factors considered in a suitability analysis, empowering you to navigate the intricate landscape of river designation more effectively.

4. Protective Management for Eligible and Suitable River Segments

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
12:00-1:30pm PT
Join us to explore the concept of protective management and engage in practical exercises evaluating proposed actions on eligible and suitable segments. Learn to locate and apply relevant policy and guidance, enabling river managers to adeptly respond to potential scenarios, thereby protecting and enhancing Wild and Scenic Rivers.

5. Climate Adaptation Strategies for WSRs

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
12:00-1:30pm PT
Embark on your journey into climate-informed river management with our introductory session about climate adaptation strategies. Explore the fundamental impacts of climate change on Wild and Scenic Rivers, discover challenges and opportunities in management efforts, and build your foundation for protecting and enhancing these natural treasures for future generations.

6. When Outstandingly Remarkable Values Change

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 (Shifted to 2nd Wed. to observe Juneteenth on 3rd Wed.)
12:00-1:30pm PT
Join us for the culminating discussion in our series as we explore the potential impacts of events like fire, flood, drought, or insect infestation to Outstandingly Remarkable Values on WSRs and how such changes might influence management decisions. In this thought-provoking session, we'll dissect real-life scenarios, engage in collaborative discussions, and envision adaptive approaches to protect ORVs during dynamic environmental shifts.

Published January 4, 2024

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