of the Edisto, Inc. FRED, a non-profit organization, was established
in 1998 to facilitate conservation of natural resources and to
support sustainable economic development within the Edisto River
Basin in South Carolina. The Edisto River Basin contains the longest
free-flowing blackwater river in America, and encompasses twelve
counties, including much of the midlands and low country areas
of South Carolina.
an educational and advocacy organization supporting the implementation
of the recommendations from the Edisto River Basin Task Force.
This 200-member South Carolinian public/private partnership applied
advanced planning and mapping techniques and carefully surveyed
the basin™ resources. The result was a 225 page comprehensive
guide ‘Managing Resources for a Sustainable Future; The Edisto
River Basin Project Report’ which inventoried resources and suggested
long term planning policies for the Basin.
mission of the Friends of the Edisto is to protect and enhance
the natural and cultural character and resources of the Edisto
River Basin through conservation and responsible use.
The health, stability,
and beauty of natural systems are essential to human well-being.
Wise and responsible human activities will identify and protect
sensitive natural and cultural resources and will use management
and development techniques designed to protect and enhance the
soil, water, air, and wildlife habitat.
A robust and sustainable local economy
provides an improved standard of living and quality of life for
current and future residents of the Edisto River Basin and will
foster conservation and responsible use of the natural and cultural
resources in the basin.
Local governments that have accurate
information and well-reasoned objectives for providing services
and directing infrastructure development are best qualified to
make land-use planning decisions that both protect natural and
cultural resources and encourage economic development.
Responsible landowners, when given
accurate information and appropriate incentives, will protect
and enhance natural and cultural resources while also supporting
the local economy and contributing to a tax base.
Policies, positions, and project initiatives
should be based on thorough research of the best available information
and communication with interested and affected parties to identify
necessary or desirable courses of action.
the stewardship of our resources requires targeted education
and advocacy, technical assistance, and research efforts. The
recommendations and resource assessment maps of the Edisto
River Basin Task Force (as published in "Managing
Resources for a Sustainable Future: The Edisto River Basin Project
Report") provide valuable guidance for future economic development
and resource conservation in the Basin. Accepted "best management
practices" provide guidelines to landowners and developers for
conserving natural and cultural resources.
A diversity of active members and
partners representing various socioeconomic groups and public
or private organizations from throughout the Edisto River Basin
will strengthen the organization and its mission.
Accurate information about
the location and importance of natural and cultural resources
is essential to plan for sustainable growth.
Proactive land use
planning using accurate information is necessary to protect
and enhance natural and cultural resources and facilitate sustainable
Environmental education provides
the background and information citizens need to insist on the
protection of natural resources as a necessary first step for
In most situations, positive incentives are
more effective than additional rules and regulations for protecting
and enhancing natural and cultural resources.
Strict enforcement of
existing legal restrictions protecting natural and cultural resources
will ensure fair treatment to all stakeholders in the Basin.
To provide economic growth, proactively attract
industries that create value-added products from the Basin's
natural resources and minimize harmful waste streams.
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