Restoration Spotlight: Society for Ecological Restoration


SER was founded 25 years ago in Madison, Wi. Photo by David H. Thompson.

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)  was founded 25 years ago in Madison, Wisconsin.  Photo by David H. Thompson.

The Restoration Spotlight is a periodic recognition of individuals, organizations, and restoration projects that exemplify excellence in restoration ecology.

It’s appropriate that we start off this series by shinning the spotlight on the Society for Ecological Restoration which recently celebrated is 25th Anniversary at the 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Madison, WI, its birthplace.

SER Founders John Stanley (left) and William R. Jordan, III blow out the candles on SER's 25 Birthday Cake.

Two of SER’s Founders,  John Stanley (left) and William R. Jordan, III blow out the candles on SER’s 25 Birthday Cake at the Founders’ Day Celebration on October 7, 2013.   Photo by David H. Thompson.

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is the only organization whose entire purpose is dedicated to helping to reverse the Earth’s ecological degradation and ” . . .restoring the earth’s ecological balance for the benefit of humans and nature.”

SER’s mission is:  “To promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.”

SER conference goers.  Photo by David H. Thompson.

Conference goers at the SER 2013 Poster Session. Photo by David H. Thompson.

The Society’s formation had a variety of influences but certainly grew, in part,  out of the early restoration work done in Madison, the intellectual leadership of such people as Bill Jordan while at the UW-Madison Arboretum, and  to the modern day restoration pioneers, John Reiger and John Stanley in California.

The Society was founded in Madison, WI in 1988 and for a number of years had its home office at the UW-Madison Arboretum.  Currently SER offices are in Washington, D.C.

Opening Plenary Session at Monona Terrace in Madison, WI.  Photo by David H. Thompson.

Opening Plenary Session of SER’s 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration at Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. Photo by David H. Thompson.

A measure of the global spread of  ecological restoration and the importance of SER is the 1,300 restorationists from 57 countries who converged on Madison for SER’s 5th World Conference from October 5-11, 2013 (previous world conferences were in Spain, Australia, Mexico and England.)

The SER 2013 poster session.  Photo by David H. Thompson.

The SER 2013 poster session. Photo by David H. Thompson.

From its humble beginnings in Madison, SER has grown to an organization with members in 70 countries and 14 regional chapters in the U.S., Europe, Australasia, and Canada. Chick here for more information about SER’s accomplishments.

Arts are an integral part of the SER mission.  Here, the photo exhibit "Bloom" by Tom Lynn for the International Crane Foundation.  Photo by David H. Thompson.

Arts are an integral part of the SER mission.  At SER 2013, the photo exhibit “Bloom” by Tom Lynn for the International Crane Foundation took the stage. Photo by David H. Thompson.

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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