How Reliable Are Your Restoration Data?

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Martin Stapanian, Ph.D. U.S. Geological Survey Lake Erie Biological Station 6100 Columbus Avenue Sandusky, OH 44870 419-625-1976 [email protected] Rigorous quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) data in a restoration project are essential for evaluating the success of the project, and they provide the only objective legacy of the data set for potential legal challenges and future uses. Ho... read more

Does the Return of the Wolf Help Rewilding? Maybe Not

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Koen Arts Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group Wageningen University The Netherlands [email protected] Typically, species reintroductions and rewilding of natural areas are thought of as complementary ingredients of ecological restoration. However, recent work conducted at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute finds that reintroduction of animals may sit at odds wi... read more

SER Launches INSR and Welcomes Its Inaugural Board of Directors

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The Society for Ecological Restoration is pleased to announce the creation of the International Network for Seed-based Restoration (INSR), its newest thematic section. INSR links practitioners, scientists, communities, governments and industries who use seed-based techniques for ecological restoration and rehabilitation. With an interactive web page and development of discussion forums bet... read more

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