SER Australasia Develops National Standards

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A big project for 2016 is the publication of national Standards for the practice of ecological restoration in Australia. Based on the foundational concepts in the SER Primer, SERA worked with 12 restoration non-profit groups to develop and disseminate a set of national Standards for the practice of ecological restoration in Australia. Read about the standards in the December issue of SERNews. read more

SER Primer Translated to Arabic

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SER's Primer on Ecological Restoration has been translated to Arabic, making it now available in nine languages. View the PDF here: http://www.ser.org/docs/governing-foundation-documents/ser-primer-arabic.pdf?sfvrsn=2 The Society would like to thank Eng Hatem Taifour and Miss Razan Khader of the Royal Botanic Garden, Jordan for translating and Dr. Said Damhoureyeh of The University o... read more

Limited Funding Need Not Limit Success for Ecological Restoration Projects

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By Sarah Kimball Study shows careful implementation and collaboration create ‘natural capital.' Turning budgets into restoration projects can seem like an overwhelming, if not impossible task.  Is it practical to begin a project when there isn’t enough funding to finish? A ground breaking new study new study published in Restoration Ecology by UCI researchers in the ... read more

Argentina’s Ecological Restoration Network Highlighted in Restoration Ecology

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By Gustavo Zuleta The article analyzes the history of the “Red de Restauración Ecológica de Argentina” (REA), founded in September 2012 and organized into seven subnational nodes where major projects are underway (Figure 1). In 2013, Argentina became a founding member of SIACRE. In April 2014, the 2nd National REA Symposium was held to determine priority areas f... read more

Defining and Evaluating the Ecological Restoration Economy

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By Todd BenDor, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill For decades, industry groups and many media outlets have popularized the notion that environmental protection is bad for business. Drawing particular scrutiny have been regulations or public programs that require ecosystem restoration, which is often required to offset some of the environmental impacts of certai... read more

The socioecological complexity of ecological restoration in Mexico

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By Cristina Martínez-Garza1 and James Aronson2.3 This opinion article reviews the social and ecological complexity facing those engaged in ecological restoration activities in Mexico – one of 17 megadiverse countries recognized by Conservation International. This complexity is mainly due to intricate historical conflicts with land tenure, past restorative actions based on r... read more

SER-Ontario Scholarship Application Period Open

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The SER-Ontario 2016 scholarship application is open. Applications are due January 18, 2016. This scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is non-renewable. REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS The SER Ontario Scholarships are available to either Canadian citizens or landed immigrants attending a college or university in Ontario. Students may apply during any year of their academic program, but m... read more

Planting In Clumps Boosts Wetland Restoration Success

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2 November 2015 Durham, NC, USA - When restoring coastal wetlands, it’s long been common practice to leave space between new plants to prevent overcrowding and reduce competition for nutrients and sunlight. It turns out, that’s likely all wrong.  A new Duke University-led study, conducted to restore degraded salt marshes in Florida and the Netherlands, has found that clu... read more

USDA to invest $30 million to help protect wetlands in six states

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15 October 2015 Des Moines, Iowa, USA – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $30 million to projects in six states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a program authorized by the 2014 Farm Bil... read more

Restoring MD’s streams to health: Does triage make sense?

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9 November 2015 Maryland, USA - I volunteered to staff the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ exhibit building at the state fair on Aug. 30, something I’ve done many times before I retired from my job at the DNR. Talking with people about “critters” and answering questions about what DNR employees do is enjoyable and educational. Watching children and adults peer... read more