Forestland Stewards Stakeholder Forum


September 11-12, 2014 
Charleston, SC

Please find the most recently updated agenda here.
 Meeting Purpose
Discuss progress on Forestland Stewards Initiative goals; share lessons learned; strengthen relationships and build partnerships; and foster open, effective dialogue on Southeast forest issues.

Meeting Goals
• Increase communication and knowledge sharing
• Expand public-private cooperation
• Enhance the initiative’s effectiveness in supporting shared priorities

The deadline both to register for the event and book lodging at the hotel venue where the conference will take place is Friday, August 15th. Please be sure to register using the form below and call to make a hotel reservation by this date.
A limited number of rooms is reserved for the event  at  the Francis Marion Hotel, located at 387 King Street, Charleston, SC., at a rate of $169/night + 13.5% state and local taxes. The reservation deadline is Friday August 15th, 2014 at 5PM EDT. The official check-in time is 4:00PM; however, the hotel will accommodate
attendees’ luggage upon arrival and we will allow time for hotel check-in following the opening session.
Lodging Reservations
Attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations. Please call 1-843-722-0600 to make your reservation at the Francis Marion Hotel and be sure to specify the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation event. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
Airport Transportation
The nearest airport is Charleston (Airport Code CHS), approximately 20 minutes from the Francis Marion Hotel. The hotel does not provide a shuttle service; however, shuttles are available at the airport for approximately $12-$16. The average cost of a cab is $35-$40 for 1-4 people.
Parking is available in a garage adjacent to the hotel. The rates are: $21 per day + tax for valet service, which can be added to the guest room folio; and $16 for self-parking per day, which must be paid directly to the parking garage via cash, MasterCard or Visa.
Transportation to Thursday Evening Reception/Friday Afternoon Field Trip
The Thursday evening reception is located at the Charleston Visitor Center, a .3 mile walk from the hotel. If you will require transportation, please indicate that below. Bus service will be provided to and from the Francis Marion National Forest for all who participate in Friday's tour.
Suggested Attire
Dress for all portions of the meeting is casual. For those who attend the tour, we recommend closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, hats, etc.

Meals provided include the Thursday evening reception, breakfast at the Francis Marion Hotel on Friday morning, and to-go boxed lunches for those attending the Friday afternoon tour.


**Please note that this event is by invitation only.