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River Management Society

Wild and Scenic Rivers webinar series begins January 2021

WSR Webinar Series

The RMS River Training Center is hosting a Wild and Scenic Rivers webinar series beginning in January 2021. We will explore Wild and Scenic River management topics through a six-part, live webinar series where attendees can ask questions to and hear unique perspectives from experienced WSR managers with extensive knowledge to share. Join us for any or all of the webinars! 

View, download and share the flyer below! Register for each webinar using the links in the flyer. Please email [email protected] for more information!

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Nov. 10: Responding to the Ever-Growing Love for River Recreation 

(Virtual Discussion: 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET) Invitation from the State River Program Managers Working Group – All River Professionals are Welcome!

River managers experienced unprecedented levels of river use in 2020 as the weather warmed and most traditional avenues of entertainment were not available.  While nearly all organization and agency systems were stressed beyond any recent years, a new (as of January 2020) waterway fee enabled the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) to both support its operational needs and award over $400,000 in grants, including those supporting creative and innovative local projects that promote safe boating and educational programs.

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RMS student member partners with Adventure Scientists to test water quality on Wild and Scenic Chattooga River

Kara Campbell

Photo by Jack Henderson. Sierra Nevada University senior Kara Campbell test water quality at Earls Ford, one of six sites along the federally protected Chattooga River included in Adventure Scientists’ (AS) new project focused on tracking and improving water quality in the National Wild & Scenic River (WSR) system.

Kara Campbell has always dreamed of being a hydrologist. She is currently a senior studying Environmental Science and Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Sierra Nevada University. Because her school has transitioned to an online platform, she decided to take her learning on the road to the southeast where she could learn virtually, paddle new rivers and complete volunteer work.

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Nov. 4: Toward Better Bank Protection Workshop (For Wild and Scenic and Other Rivers)

River Bank

The ‘Toward Better Bank Protection’ workshop will introduce participants to alternative streambank stabilization methods that are cheaper, easier-to-permit, more effective, and more durable than traditional solutions. Attendees will gain insight into why alternatives that complement natural river processes better protect private property and man-made infrastructure while also benefitting river values such as aquatic habitat and water quality. This course is provided at no cost for RMS members, and is $25 for non-members.

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Explore 103 National Wildlife Refuge Water Trails online via nationalriversproject.com

Photo by Marcia Pradines, USFWS: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia is one of the many rivers now accessible on nationalriversproject.com. Here, visitors may spot black bear, cranes, alligators and tortoises!
Photo by Marcia Pradines, USFWS: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia is one of the many rivers now accessible on nationalriversproject.com. Here, visitors may spot black bear, cranes, alligators and tortoises! 

Dozens of popular paddling destinations along National Wildlife Refuge Water Trails are now even more accessible online having been recently added to the National Rivers Project (NRP), an interactive map and online database which helps to identify, explore and plan river trips. The NRP now includes 18 National Wildlife Refuges and features 103 water trails and 50 access points managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

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