Kristen works as the forest Recreation and Hydropower Program Manager and regional Trails Advisory Group (TAG) Representative and came into the position with a background in planning and a focus on communication and relationships. The Huron-Manistee relies on strong partnerships to administer the forest lands across a variety of jurisdictions. The sheer proximity of partners and historical relationships requires constant collaboration. Kristen believes the ideal situation for river management on the forest is to maintain strong lines of communication between every group in the river community to make sure everyone is at the table for decisions.
Kristen: “I’ve done interviews and talked to people who come off the river or other dispersed sites. On one of those days when it is packed - they say there’s no crowding and they’ve had a great time. People show up from Chicago with full luggage like they’re going on a flight! Part of me says, what are you doing, where’s your backpack?” The other part of me says, “Welcome! I’m glad you’re here!” We’re trying to be inclusive.”
RMS advances the profession of river management by providing a unique variety of forums for sharing information about the appropriate use and management of river resources. RMS continues to build its base of expertise in all aspects of river management and stewardship including an ecosystem approach to recreation, water quality, riparian health, and watershed management. Besides creating multiple opportunities each year for river professionals to learn, train and network, RMS is growing partnerships that will help river professionals serve both our river resources and the people who use and enjoy them.
IMG1 - Manistee River by Ted Kraimer IMG2 - Au Sable River by Gary Howe, Web: garylhowe.photoshelter.com Insta: glh.image IMG3 - Kristen Thrall, Recreation and Hydropower Program Manager IMG4 - Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Flag IMG5 - Pine River by Recreation.gov IMG6 - The Pine River by Pine River Paddlesports