River Training Center

The River Management Society’s River Training Center (RTC), established in 2018, supports the effective management and stewardship of North American rivers by providing training for professionals and volunteers who study, protect, and manage them.

Online and in-person training workshops on various river-related topics are targeted towards river managers, river advocates and businesses who conduct work projects in or around rivers.

The RTC also has a special emphasis on Wild and Scenic River (WSR) management for both agency and public audiences. 

Courses are scheduled by contract on an ongoing basis. Open enrollment training opportunities and other training related information can be found on the RMS calendar or at the RMS River Training Center Facebook page. 

To schedule a course for your agency unit or organization please contact:

Angie Fuhrmann
RMS River Training Center Coordinator
[email protected]


Upcoming Training Opportunities

Contact Angie Fuhrmann, RTC Coordinator, at [email protected] for more information!

Jan. 27 & 28, 2021: Wild and Scenic River Section 7 Workshop

A 2-day workshop hosted by OR/WA BLM with a goal of improvements in participants' knowledge of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Action and future applications of Section 7(a) based on increased knowledge of its intent, content, and procedures.
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Feb. 17, 2021: Wild and Scenic Rivers Webinar Series - Partnerships

In the second webinar of the six-part series exploring Wild and Scenic River management topics with experienced WSR managers, participants learn the history of Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers and the roles and benefits of the partnership approach to WSR management. Attendees can ask questions and hear unique perspectives from WSR managers with extensive knowledge to share.
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Mar. 17, 2021: Wild and Scenic Rivers Webinar Series - Introduction to Section 7 of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

In the third webinar of the series, participants learn how to determine whether Section 7 applies to a proposed project, and what standards should be used to evaluate projects where Section 7 does apply. Attendees can ask questions and hear unique perspectives from WSR managers with extensive knowledge to share.
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River Training Center Video Channel

Mission & Goals


To provide timely and effective training materials, programs and opportunities that improve the quality, consistency and capacity of river management.

  1. To be a valued contributor to advancing the River Management Society mission.
  2. To ensure river management professionals, their organizations and partners have the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage river resources.
  3. To ensure a diverse pool of students and transitional professionals are aware of and well prepared for success in careers that support and advance river management.
  4. To ensure the River Training Center brand is recognized and trusted by river managers, administrators and partners for its value in advancing professional river management practice and effectiveness.

Additional Training Videos & Presentations

RMS is pleased to have offered the following presentations of popular workshops. They reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of river management, and showcase the extraordinary array of expertise among RMS members and colleagues who are working toward systems that encourage prudent paths for our nation's rivers. These sessions gave attendees an opportunity to: 

  • Brush up on topics they'd heard about but had not taken the time to investigate
  • Discuss (directly or through audience chat) how to leverage our network of river professionals
  • Learn from topic experts and locate resources not available elsewhere
Prepare to Launch! (40 min. video) Guidelines for Assessing, Designing, and Building Launch Sites for Carry-in Watercraft
Lelia Mellen, NH Projects Director, Rivers and Trail Program, National Park Service
Corita Waters, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and National Water Trails System, National Park Service

Wild and Scenic Rivers: Section 7 Overview (2 hr. video)
Lisa K. Machnik, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest Region, Wilderness/Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Manager, USDA Forest Service.

Even More Upcoming Workshops and Discussions!