2018 Annual Chapter Meeting: Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Registration is now OPEN! Before registering please click here to view an overview of the meeting agenda, the general schedule of events, the registration timelines and prices, information on Saturday workshops, a synopsis of the Sunday field trips and volunteer work days, and information on the meeting location and lodging. Please click here to access the online meeting registration page to register for the meeting. We encourage everyone to register early (i.e., by March 21, 2018) to get the discounted early registration prices. Additionally, if you are not a SER MWGL Chapter member, then we encourage you to join to get discounts on the meeting registration prices and the benefits of being a member of the SER MWGL Chapter and its international parent society SER.

Photo courtesy UWSP College of Natural Resources

The Tenth Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will be held at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point-Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin from April 20 to April 22, 2018

Photo courtesy UWSP College of Natural Resources

With a theme of Heeding the Call, our goal for the meeting is to explore how to promote the call to expand restoration efforts and partnerships beyond the typical site scale to larger spatial scales encompassing multiple ecosystem types. This year’s Chapter meeting will be held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteer Symposium. Our three day component of this exciting joint meeting includes:

Keynote Presentation by Stephen Carpenter (University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology). “Past and Future Change in the Yahara Watershed: An Ecological Experiment Using Scenarios”

Plenary Presentation by Tracy Hames (Wisconsin Wetlands Association). “Landscape-scale Wetland Restoration in Wisconsin: There’s More to It Than Just Good Science”

Meeting Host Plenary Session on “Applied Learning Through Practice, Research and Reflection: Engaging University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources Students in Meaningful Ecological Restoration in Central Wisconsin”. Faculty and students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources will share results of their work restoring healthy ecosystems on campus lands and with the state of Wisconsin partners.

Choice of One of Two Symposia: 1) River Floodplain and Wetland Restoration in the Midwest; 2) Advancing Like a Fire Through the Understory – Progress and Perspectives in Oak Savanna Restoration.

Choice of One of Four Workshops: 1) Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to the Planning of Ecological Restoration Data Collection Efforts; 2) Don’t Talk Like a Scientist; 3) Online Training Program Development for Ecological Restoration; 4) Who Me? A Modeler? Using Simple Modeling Tools to Explore the Costs and Benefits Management Scenarios.

Choice of One of Three Field Trips or Three Volunteer Work Days: 1) Moses and Lost Creek Restoration Projects Field Trip; 2) Emmons Creek Savanna Restoration Field Trip; 3) Tomorrow River Fish Habitat Restoration Field Trip; 4) Schmeekle Reserve Restoration Project Work Day; 5) Green Circle Trail Invasive Species Management  Project Work Day; 6) Holiday Inn Pond and Riparian Restoration Project Work Day.

59 Contributed Oral and Poster Presentations: Presenters from ten states (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, Kentucky, Virginia) and the District of Columbia will share their experiences involving prairie, forest, savanna, stream, wetland, and lake restoration. Presentation topics include invasive species control, use of prescribed fire, evaluating restoration techniques, overviews of restoration designs, and more!

Social Events: Several social events are scheduled that include a sponsorship reception on Friday and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Lodging Information:

Discounted Hotel Block Rates Available at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point – Convention Center, $111.99 plus taxes Standard rooms (available until March 21, 2018 or until the block is full). Rates are the same for up to five person occupancy. Full breakfast is included. We encourage everyone to make your hotel reservations EARLY as the discounted block of rooms are likely to sell out!

Reserve online at discounted rate. Or call 1-715-344-0200 and press #3. Make sure to reference the group name Wisconsin Lakes/Wisconsin Association of Lakes, Inc. or the GROUP BLOCK CODE: LAK.


Sponsors to date, thank you!
Cindy Crosby, Northwestern University Press, Ernst Seeds, Landscapes of Place, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin Office of The Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Wetlands Association.

Sponsorship opportunities: We are now soliciting sponsorship pledges from interested organizations. Our sponsorship levels are very affordable and range from $100 (Bloodroot) to $1000 or more (Sharp-lobed Hepatica). With increasing support sponsors get greater levels of benefits, but all sponsors are receive exhibit space and the opportunity to have an advertisement in our meeting program and abstract book. Details related to sponsorship levels and associated benefits can be found here.


Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium at UW-Stevens Point, with Bob Freckmann

Freckmann Herbarium



See summaries of Past Annual Meetings.