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River Management Society

An Adventure on the Gunnison River: Southwest Chapter Trip

Article by Susan Roebuck. Photos by Stuart Schneider.

Photo by Stuart Schneider

Dawn in Montrose found us loading the truck, and soon we rumbled over to Highway 50. The destination was “Escalante Canyon Road” six miles beyond the town of Delta, Colorado. There, we left Highway 50 and took a slender, well-engineered gravel road into dry mesa-and-canyon country. Finally, we arrived at a river similar in character to the Colorado—a great and welcome contrast to the dry territory through which we had just passed. Of course, we knew the river would be there, we didn’t discover it, but it was fun to think about what it would be like to come across such a river in this desert country. Standing on the banks of the Gunnison were Stuart, John, and Zeke to greet us, and our party of six was complete.

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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!

Learning Credits

We are excited to partner with American Trails to offer learning credits to attendees for this webinar. Learning credits are a separate $15 fee from the registration and can be purchased here

In order to receive these credits for distance learning, attendees must complete a quiz and fill out an evaluation survey for the webinar they attend. Attendees will receive an email from American Trails with these details following the webinar. A certificate will be emailed to attendees requesting learning credits within 21 days following the conference

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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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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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RMS National Board of Directors

2021-2023 Officers 

 Meet our newly elected National Board of Directors! Thank you for voting, and please help us welcome our new leadership!

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