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The 2014 Forest Resource Institute is designed for planners and landscape architects who work for city and county governments. FRI is seeking participants responsible for writing and enforcing tree and landscape ordinances and developing comprehensive plans. The Institute is open to participants that have urban tree management responsibility. This year’s theme is Green Infrastructure: Building Great Communities.

Meals and hotel stay will be included in the $115 registration fee.


Invitation Packet

Forest Resource Institute
June 11-12, 2014
Inn at USC Wyndham Garden,
Columbia, SC


2014 FRI Agenda

Wednesday, June 11
Planning for Green Infrastructure at Multiple Scales
Karen Firehock, Director, Green Infrastructure Center

Rivers, Streams and Wetlands: Why They Matter
Gerritt Jöbsis, Senior Director of Southeast Conservation Programs, American Rivers

Benefits of Sustainable Forestry
Russell Hubright, Forest Management Chief, SC Forestry Commission

Forests and Clean Water
Guy Sabin, Director of Education and Programs, SC Forestry Association

The Value of Open Space
Eric Bridges, Owner/Urban Forester, Bridges Forestry

Using Low Impact Development to Create Great Public Spaces
Stephen Luoni, Director, University of Arkansas Community Design Center

LID Design Exercise
Stephen Luoni

Main Street Mini Tour: Structural Soils and Tree Diversity
(followed by dinner)

Thursday, June 12
Making Space for Trees: Soils Below Pavement           
Tom Smiley, PhD, Arboricultural Researcher, Bartlett Tree Research Lab

Tour: Greening an Urban Campus             
Emily Jones,  Landscape Architect, USC Facilities Design & Construction
Tom Knowles, Assistant Director, Facilities Department, The University of South Carolina

Low Impact Development: Benefits for Sites and Clients
John Thomas, President, Sustainable Design Consultants, Inc.

Shandon Stormwater Project: Green Infrastructure for City Streets
Betsy Kaemmerlen, Senior Landscape Architect, Fuss & O’Neil, Inc

Integrating Conservation into Suburban Growth Management
Eric Bridges, Owner/Urban Forester, Bridges Forestry

Planting in Stormwater Facilities: What Engineers Need to Know

Danny Jones, Landscape Architect, City of Rock Hill



FRI 2014 Sponsors


Continuing Education Credits Approved:
SC Planning Education Advisory Committee 3.0
ISA Certified Arborists, BCMA and Municipal Specialists  11.0
SC Registered Foresters 11.0
AICP credits 7.0 hours


Information and Assistance

If you have any questions about this information or about the meeting as a whole, please contact Frances Waite by telephone at 843-571-0136 or via e-mail at


Forest Resource Institute
June 11-12, 2014
Inn at USC
Columbia, South Carolina

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Funds for this project were provided by the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Assistance program administered through the SC Forestry Commission and funded by the USDA Forest Service.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission and the USDA Forest Service prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination with the SC Forestry Commission, contact the Human Resources Director, SC Forestry Commission, P.O. Box 21707, Columbia, SC 29221, or call (803)896-8879.
Both the USDA and the Forestry Commission are equal opportunity providers and employers.


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