Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Returning to its Roots
Conference to Mark 25th Anniversary of the SER’s Founding in Madison
Scheduled for October 6 through 11, 2013, this 5th World Conference, with the theme of “Reflections on the Past, Directions for the Future, is expected to attract over 1,200 delegates from around the world to learn about the science and practice of ecological restoration. The scientific program will run for four days and include presentations, symposium, workshops, and training courses on a range of topics including natural resource management, climate change responses, biodiversity conservation, local and indigenous communities, environmental policy, and sustainable livelihoods. Check out the SER conference website, www.SER2013.org for complete details and registration information. Early registration ends July 15.
Madison, Wisconsin is an appropriate site for this 25th Anniversary meeting of SER because of a couple of key roles the City, the University, and the Arboretum have played in the development of the now-global profession of ecological restoration. For one, the UW-Madison Arboretum is often considered the birthplace of ecological restoration. For another, 25 years ago, the Society for Ecological Restoration was founded and incorporated in Madison, with one its co-founders being former Arboretum staffer William R. Jordan, III.
The UW-Madison Arboretum can stake a claim as starting one of the earliest restoration efforts anywhere in the world with its first planting in 1935 of what would become Curtis Prairie. The Curtis Prairie is certainly one of the oldest–if not the oldest–restorations. Although the still thriving prairie planting that Aldo Leopold and his family began that same year at “The Shack” along the Wisconsin River could stake a similar claim for “world’s oldest.”
The SER 2013 conference will close on Friday October 11 with a slate of one-day or half-day field trips to restoration sites and natural areas. Conference goers will be able to choose from among 23 field trips to destinations in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.
Stay tuned for future posts with conference updates, and program highlights.