Reconnecting to Our Roots

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Friday, October 5th 2018 

  • 8:00 - 8:15 Registration: coffee & snacks

  • 8:15 - 8:30 Keynote Speaker: Shawn Kelly, President-Elect ASLA

  • 8:30 - 9:30 Matthew Werle - GreenBlue Urban

  • 9:30 - 9:45 Break

  • 9:45 - 10:45 Jeremy Williams - Tree Preservation

  • 10:45 - 10:55 Break

  • 10:55 - 11:55 Nikki Dinnel - Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement System

  • 11:55 - 12:45 Lunch

  • 12:45 - 1:45 Kimball Erdman - Historic Preservation


Join us at The Inn at Carnall Hall and Earn 4 LACES & HSW!

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GreenBlue Urban

Matthew Werle is a consultant at GreenBlue Urban, where his strong background in developing sustainable solutions for green infrastructure is an asset that helps create sustainable cities across the United States. Matthew’s experience in green infrastructure and his increasing relationships with landscape architects, civil engineers, urban designers, and other related professionals across the country, facilitates his goal of educating designers, specifiers, and policy makers about the benefits of Low Impact Development. His key focus being to relay the importance of understanding the techniques that ensure the successful design, establishment, and ongoing maintenance of green and blue infrastructure, in order to reap the long-term benefits of such design.

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Jeremy Williams


Jeremy was born and raised in Fayetteville and has had a love of trees since he was very young. He cut firewood and small tree related jobs growing up. He then started a career in Forestry right out of high school for almost 5 years.

While on vacation in Virginia he met an Arborist who had just qualified for the international tree climbing competition held in St Louis that year. He later went on to win the world championship in 2015. They arranged to meet after the event and teach Jeremy the basics of climbing. and connect with a Master Arborist out of Springfield to continue his training.

Shortly after he decided to make a career switch and begin his internship to become a Certified Arborist. He did his internship in Springfield Missouri and Raleigh NC. He became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2009. ISA Climber Specialist in 2010. CTSP Safety trainer in 2013 and ISA Board Certified Master Arborist in 2016 (the only Master Arborist in Arkansas)

He founded Tree Climbers LLC In Fayetteville in 2008. They currently have six employees and are Arkansas only TCIA Accredited company.


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Nikki Dinnel


Nikki Dinnel is the Belgard Commercial Architectural & Engineering consultant working with Landscape Architects, Architects & Engineers to select the right hardscape product for your project. Nikki then works with the sales team to ensure that once specified, the contractors install the product correctly. She covers North Texas, OK, AR & LA.

Nikki enjoys assisting people in making their work easier and finding solutions to issues that they did not know they had. She has been with Oldcastle for a year and a half and prior to this, she spent 18 years in the gate operator, overhead door & access control industry.

Nikki holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing Management from Bellevue University. Nikki is also a Husker football fan – through thick & thin.



Kimball Erdman


Kimball Erdman is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in landscape architecture from Utah State University and the University of Oregon, and he garnered ten years of professional experience in private practice prior to joining the Arkansas faculty nine years ago. Erdman’s specialties lie in the subdisciplines of history and historic preservation, and he frequently combines efforts to document, preserve, and interpret endangered cultural landscapes with innovative technology and service-learning opportunities for students. Recent efforts have focused on the Japanese-American Relocation Center at Rohwer, Buffalo National River, and Pea Ridge National Military Park, all in Arkansas, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.


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