Conference Proceedings

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals conducts the National Outdoor Recreation Conference every spring. Select presentations from the most recent conference are posted here, as well as conference programs dating back to 2006. Presentations from older conferences are an exclusive benefit of SORP membership and are posted on the member-only side of this website.

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2016 - Boise, Idaho

2016 Conference Program

Climate Change Track

Waterfront Issues and Climate-smart Cities Strategies
Jad Daley and Breece Robertson, The Trust for Public Land

Lifeblood of a Region: The Value of Streamflow for the Residents of the Salmon River Basin, Idaho
Brett Miller, Utah State University

A (tenuous) Mountain Refuge: Backcountry Skiers and Poor Air Quality
Chris Zajchowski, Michael Blacketer, Matthew Brownlee and Jeff Rose, University of Utah

Changing Climate and Management Jurisdiction
David Schade and Kevin Sorensen, Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources

Public Land Recreation Evolves Towards Sustainability
Francisco Valenzuela, US Forest Service

Rivers and Climate Change: Effects on Channel Morphology, Habitat, Infrastructure, and Recreation
Jim MacCartney, National Park Service

Changing Technological Climates and How we Get to the Water

Sheri Hughes and Janelle Smith, US Forest Service

Rivers, Recreation and the Rim of Fire
Dusty Vaughn, US Forest Service

Innovative River and Recreation Management Track

Data Driven Applied Tools for Recreation Planning and Management
Lauren Schmitt and Bill Spain, MIG Inc.; John Mintz, PG&E

Outcome Focused Management (OFM)
Keith Brown and Dorothy Morgan, Bureau of Land Management

Federal Recreation Council: Outdoor Recreation though a Federal Interagency Lens
Cirse Gonzalez, Federal Recreation Council

Best Practices for the Production of Recreation and Management Plans
Stephanie Grigsby, Design Workshop

A Discussion Session - Sharing Technological Innovations in Recreation Management
David Rolloff and Amy Mickel, Sacramento State University

Interactive Watersheds Online Community Networking - A 20-year Experiment
Gary Grimm, Mountain Visions

The Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan - finding common ground between conservation and recreation through collaborative planning
Wendy McDermott, American Rivers; Susan Rosebrough, National Park Service

Mapping River Management: An innovative approach to visualizing and anticipating river-system management conflicts
Erik Olson and Jen Schneider, Boise State University; Jared Talley, Michigan State University

Trends in Hydropower Policy and Development: Challenges Coming to a River Near You
Joan Harn and Susan Rosebrough, National Park Service; John Seebach and Thomas O’Keefe, American Rivers; Rupak Thapaliya, Hydropower Reform Coalition

River Recreation and Conservation: Lessons from Colorado’s 2013 Floods
Jeremy Call, Logan Simpson

The influence of place attachment and motivations for use on campers’ evaluation of site conditions
Shantel Marshall and Matthew Brownlee, University of Utah

Accessibility to Water Sport and Other Outdoor Recreation Activities - Peter Axelson, Beneficial Designs
Developed Outdoor Recreation Assessment Process
Adaptive Water Sports
How to Communicate Access Through Signage

People and Partnerships Track

Recreation and Interpretation: Connecting People to Nature and Open Space
Justin Mercer and Nina Baki, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Connecting children and water
Jane Polansky, Tennessee State Parks

Minnesota Parks and Trails Legacy: 5 years connecting people to the outdoors
Paul Purman, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources

Developing Social Media Content to Promote Recreation and Conservation Objectives
Robert Wick, Bureau of Land Management

Getting Seniors Outdoors (on land and water)
Randy Thoreson, National Park Service

Bijou Bike Park: A Study in Partnerships and Future Trends
Ben Fish, Design Workshop

Measuring Community Benefits from Trails
Megan Lawson, Headwaters Economics

Advancing Community through River Conservation
Kelly Bricker, University of Utah

St. Louis River Corridor Initiative: Connecting People to the River
Lisa Luokkala and Jim Shoberg, City of Duluth; Hansi Johnson, Minnesota Land Trust

Understanding Outdoor Recreationists - recreational specialization framework
David Scott, Texas A&M University

Outdoor Recreation: Connecting Land and Water at the Refuge
Jean Akers, Conservation Technix; Chris Lapp, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Mapping the relationships between trail conditions and experiential elements of long-distance hiking on the northern section of the Appalachian Trail
Brian Peterson and Matthew Brownlee, University of Utah

Learn about TYO: Transforming Youth Outdoors
Chris Rutgers, Transforming Youth Outdoors

Community Engagement/Successful Volunteer Stewardship
Ryan Otero, Washington Trails Association.

Lasting Legacies and the Green Hat

Jean Akers, Conservation Technix; Teresa Robbins, Cape Horn Conservancy

The evolution of community support through engagement: How one successful volunteer program is addressing volunteerism to meet the needs of 21st century volunteers
Jana Johns and Shaun Howard, Jefferson County Open Space

A Confluence of Partners: Exploring the Transformation from Superfund site to Milltown State Park
Michael Kustudia and Chet Crowser, Montana State Parks

The Peaks to Plains Trail Corridor: Challenges and successes in connecting people to the water's edge
Scott Grossman, Jefferson County Open Space

A phenomenological assessment of stress that results from involvement in and performance during wilderness and outdoor recreation accidents: personal reflections and analysis of stress and coping
Kelli McMahan, Baylor University

Recreation Capacity Track

An Interagency Approach to Visitor Use Management
Rachel Franchina, US Forest Service; Jennifer Reed, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Overview of Interagency Wild and Scenic River Council and Capacity
Cathi Bailey, Bureau of Land Management

Foreshadowing Issues to Consider in Capacity Sessions
Doug Whittaker and Bo Shelby, Confluence Consulting

Addressing User Capacities for Wild and Scenic Rivers
Monica Zimmerman and Mollie Chaudet, Bureau of Land Management

Visualizing Recreation Opportunities at Timothy Lake 
Jordan Secter, Secter Environmental Design

Reservoir Elevation and Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
Philip Bradshaw, BC Hydro

Incorrect for the last 30 years? Evidence for updated boating capacity standards on lakes and reservoirs
Jeffrey Hallo, Geoffrey Tiungu and Jessica Fefer, Clemson University

Managing Visitor Use in Diverse Settings
Rachel Franchina, Mary Ellen Emerick, Bjorn Fredrickson, US Forest Service; Jennifer Reed, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Ericka Pilcher, National Park Service

Capacity and Allocation on the Snake River through Jackson Hole
Doug Whittaker and Bo Shelby, Confluence Consulting; Megan LaTorre, Teton County Parks and Recreation

Managing Visitor Capacity on Snake River System in Eastern Idaho: The Value of Partnerships
Tamara Laniga, Western Washington University; Monica Zimmerman, Bureau of Land Management

A case study of visitor use management and planning at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Jessica Fefer, Jeffrey Hallo, Geoffrey Riungu and Garrett Stone, Clemson University; Garrett Stone

Federal Perspectives on River and Recreation Capacity
Rachel Franchina, US Forest Service; Keith Brown, Bureau of Land Management; Cassie Thomas and Ericka Pilcher, National Park Service; David Cernicek, US Forest Service

Closing Panel on Capacity and Visitor Impacts
Doug Whittaker and Bo Shelby, Confluence Consulting; Stew Pappenfort, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Scenery/Visual Resource Management Track

Why Scenic Resources Matter: A Perspective on the Importance of Scenic Resources
Robert Ratcliffe, Chief, Division of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation, National Park Service

The Relevance of Scenic Resources to the Management of Recreation Settings: the Benefits, Applications and Challenges
Joan Harn, National Park Service; Greg Currie, Bureau of Land Management; Lisa Klinger, US Forest Service; Susan Overson, National Park Service

Building Scenic Resource Partnerships, Networks and Landowner Relationships
Joan Harn, National Park Service; Monica Zimmerman, Bureau of Land Management; Liz Lacy, National Park Service

Visual Resource Inventories for BLM lands in the Western US: History and Current Approach
John McCarty, Bureau of Land Management; Diane Simpson-Colebank, Logan Simpson

Visual Resource Inventories for BLM lands in the Western US: Data and Inventory Results
Geoff Brady, Atwell LLC; Julie McGraw, Bureau of Land Management

Visual Contrast Rating Indicator Worksheets

Language of Landscapes
Allysia Angus, Bureau of Land Management

How Agencies Inventory the Landscape for Scenic Values and how Values are Integrated into Land Use Plans
Julie McGrew, Bureau of Land Management; Nancy Brunswick, US Forest Service; Mark Meyer, National Park Service

Research on Visibility of Constructed Encroachments and Integrating Guilt Features into the Landscape
Bob Sullivan, Argonne National Laboratory; Brandon Colvin or John McCarty, Bureau of Land Management; Christine Plourde, US Forest Service

Impact Analysis and Compensatory Mitigation
Jerry Magee, Bureau of Land Management; Jose Henriquez, US Forest Service

Measures to Protect and Enhance Scenic Values (ORVs)
Gregory Currie and Heidi Mottl, Bureau of Land Management

Exploring Types of Visual Technologies and the Enhancement of Landscape Management
Noelle Glines-Bovio, Bureau of Land Management

Visual Resource Protection in an Urban River Corridor
Susan Overson, National Park Service

Defining and Analyzing Critical Views for Urban, Suburban and Naturalized Environments in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Geoffrey Brady, Atwell LLC

Flows and Aesthetics 
Doug Whittaker and Bo Shelby, Confluence Consulting; Joan Harn, National Park Service

Long Distance Landscapes - Conducting a Baseline Visual Assessment for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
Matt Ramich, US Forest Service

Advancing Scenery Management of National Trails: Establishing and Implementing the Scenic and Landscape Elements
Jeremy Call, Logan Simpson

Enjoy the View - a Linear Feature
Lawrence Commisso, National Park Service
Chelsea Tarbell, University of Minnesota

SCORP University

Martha Droge and David Siegenthaler, National Park Service

Technology and Legal Track

The National River Recreation Database Lives: Vision, Partners, and Integrating Data
Susan Rosebrough, National Park Service; Risa Shimoda, River Management Society; Marina Metes, University of Maryland; Brian Goldberg, US Forest Service

The National River Recreation Database Lives: Data Partnerships
Joel McCune and Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater; Andrew Mindermann, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Jack Henderson

Tennessee Blueway Mapping Application
Andrew Mindermann, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The National River Recreation Database Comes Alive in ArcGIS Online Applications
Caitlin Scopel, Esri

Donate data. Win an iPad or fund a boat launch? Geodata crowdsourcing and the NRRD Co-op
Risa Shimoda, River Management Society

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and River Management
John Putnam, Kaplan, Kirsch and Rockwell

Limiting Liability for Recreational Access through Recreational Use Laws
John Putnam, Kaplan, Kirsch and Rockwell

Don’t Row Your Boat Here: An Update on Limitations on River Use
Lori Potter, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP

Wild and Scenic River Management – the Good, Bad and Ugly
Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United; Laird Lucas, Advocates for the West; Lori Potter, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell; Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater; Jason Robertson, US Forest Service

Recreation Studies on the Snake River
Bill Dyke, Idaho Power

Idaho Power’s Recreation Developments on the Middle Snake River: How to be Engaged in the FERC Hydropower Licensing Process
Fred Noland, Idaho Power

Applying Adaptive Management to Hydropower Licensing
Kyle Olcott and Rachel McNamara, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Gap Mapping? Using GIS and the Latest Natural Landscape and Demographic Information to find the Next Missouri State Park
Mary Donze and Dawn Fredrickson, Missouri State Parks

Using Lidar and GIS to Map Rivers and Floodplains at the Watershed Scale
Marina Metes, US Geological Survey

Social Values in River Corridors: Using PPGIS to Spatially Map Social Values along Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Nathan Moody, Northern Arizona University

Great River - Got Water?
William (Bill) Hansen, National Park Service

Visitor-employed GPS Survey Method to Examine Distributions of OHV use in Southwest Idaho

Kathryn Demps, Boise State University

Using WIFI in Hells Canyon to Disseminate Real Time and Future Stream Flow Information
David Blew and Albert Pittman, Idaho Power

Water Trails Track

Water Trails: Making the Plan Come to Life
Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater

Caring for the Fragile Edge: A Workshop on Water Trail Stewardship
Lelia Mellen, National Park Service; Erik Wrede, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources

Where do the signs point? Creating criteria and best practices for river signage
Corita Waters, National Park Service; Mimi Waters, Iowa State University

Blue Trails: Using Recreation to Enhance River Protection
Fay Augustyn and Staci Williams, American Rivers

Development of the Kansas River Water Trail
Roger Wolfe and Tony Reitz, Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

The Los Angeles River: Building a Resilient Future for LA
Margot Jacobs, Mia Lehrer and Associates; Shelly Backlar, Friends of the Los Angeles River; Lisa Soghor, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority; Carol Armstrong, City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles River: Kayaking Towards Revitalization
Lisa Soghor and Fernando Gomez, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority; Carol Armstrong, City of Los Angeles

The Importance of River Navigation System for Recreation
Fatemeh (Tannaz) Soltani, Oklahoma State University; Lowell Caneday

Exploring Statewide Water Trail Programs: Administration, Benefits, Funding
Barbara Nelson-Jameson and Corita Waters, National Park Service; Paul Yauk, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Commercial Vendors on the San Antonio River
Matthew Driffill, San Antonio River Authority

Canoe/bike share on the Mississippi River - to launch or not to launch?
Susan Overson, National Park Service; Erik Wrede, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources

Exploring the Relationship Between Water-related Recreation Activity and River Values and Conservation Policy among Urban Utah Residents
Brett Miller, Courtney Flint and Douglas Jackson-Smith, Utah State University

Water Trail Planning for Accessibility: The San Francisco Bay Water Trail Case Study
Timothy Gilbert, MIG; Ben Botkin, Association of Bay Area Governments; Mike Passo, Professional Trailbuilders Association

Activating Urban River Corridors for Year-round Recreational Use

Elise Gatti, University of Utah

The Boise River Enhancement Network and Plan
Derek Risso and Tamsen Binggeli, Ecosystems Sciences Foundation

Boise River Park - Keys to successful planning and management of integrated whitewater recreation and infrastructure
Ben Nielsen, McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group

Wild and Scenic Rivers Track

Introduction to Wild and Scenic Rivers
Maile Adler, Bureau of Land Management

Effectiveness of Scenic River Designation in Virginia
Lynn Crump, Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

Oklahoma’s Scenic Rivers - Past Litigation, Water Quality, and Recreational Capacity Issues
Ed Fite, Oklahoma Scenic River Commission

Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Case Study - On the River and in the Courts
Steve Chesterton, Joe Robles and Tony White, US Forest Service

Yellowstone-Teton Paddling - The Leader's Experience
Aaron Pruzan, Rendezvous River Sports; Thomas Turiano, Forrest McCarthy, David Austin

Lessons Learned from Wildlands Anniversaries on Leveraging Public and Millennial Engagement
Lisa Ronald, Wilderness Institute; Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management; Jayme Dittmar, National Park Service, Steve Chesterton, US Forest Service

Wild and Scenic Rivers: The Next 50 Years
Joan Harn, National Park Service

2015 - Annapolis, Maryland

2015 Conference Program

2014 - San Francisco, California

2014 Conference Program

2013 - Traverse City, Michigan

2013 Conference Program

2012 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2012 Conference Program

2011 - Breckenridge, Colorado

2011 Conference Program

2010 - Portland, Oregon

2010 Conference Program

2009 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2009 Conference Program

2008 - Missoula, Montana

2008 Conference Program

2007 - Austin, Texas

2007 Conference Program

2006 - Nashville, Tennessee

2006 Conference Program