2016 Annual Chapter Meeting: Indiana University, Bloomington

Memorial Union, Indiana University

Memorial Union, Indiana University

Field Trip Site - Indiana DNR Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area

Field Trip Site – Indiana DNR Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area

The Eighth Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration was held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana from April 1 to April 3, 2016. This year’s meeting theme was Overcoming Challenges to Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century. We are grateful for the generous support of our meeting hosts, Eco Logic, Indiana University, and the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation.

Meeting Program Available! 2016 Meeting Program (3.1M) contains detailed meeting schedule and a map of where the meeting is being held on the Indiana University campus.

Abstract Book Available! 2016 Abstract Book V1 (2.1M) has abstracts for all presentations, symposia, workshops, plenary sessions, and field trips at meeting.

ARCHIVED HERE! Keynote SpeakerDouglas Ladd, Missouri Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy, with a talk entitled “Does Ecological Restoration Need a Rethink?”. Doug is well known through the United States as an accomplished conservation biologist and botanist.

ARCHIVED HERE! Opening Plenary Sessionovercoming future challenges for ecological restoration. Includes speakers from The Nature Conservancy (John Shuey, Ellen Jacquart), Michigan State University (Lars Brudvig), and The Restoration Ecology Lab (Steve Glass) to provide a diversity of perspectives on the challenges for ecological restoration and potential strategies for overcoming these challenges to ensure the success of future restoration efforts in the Midwestern United States.

Special Joint Plenary Session and TourCampus-Community Partnerships for Restoration, Research and Education. Presentations by Indiana University scientists and restoration practitioners on the challenges and successes of campus restoration projects and associated research, teaching and outreach activities. Followed by tours highlighting forest and wetland restoration efforts on campus and on the Indiana University Research & Teaching Preserve.

Three Contributed Symposia – Attendees will have the choice of three symposia: 1) Soil Microbes in Ecological Restoration; 2) Restoration in Rights-of-Way – a Discussion About Improving Habitat and Creating connectivity in 21st Century Landscapes; and 3) Restoration and Management in Ravines and Steep Forestland.

Two Workshops – Attendees will have the choice of two workshops: 1) Sedge (Carex spp) Identification and 2) Employing Effective Quality Assurance Strategies in the 21st Century – A Workshop on Best Practices in Conducting Data Quality Control Checks in Ecorestoration Projects.

Two Field Trips – Choose one of two field trips: 1) Large Scale Shallow Wetland and Native Grass Prairie Restoration and 2) Increasing Ecological Resilience in Southern Indiana Forests.

63 Contributed Oral and Poster Presentations – Presenters from nine states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky) and Bogota, Columbia will share their experiences involving prairie, forest, savanna, stream, wetland, and lake restoration. Presentation topics include invasive species control, use of fire, evaluating restoration techniques, overviews of restoration designs, and more!

Social Events – Several social events are scheduled that include a sponsorship reception, breakfast and lunch.

Lodging – Please see information on available lodging options in Bloomington.

thank you

We gratefully acknowledge our meeting sponsors!

D2 Land and Water Resources
Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc.
Forest Service Northern Research Station
Genesis Nursery Inc.
Green 3 Studio
Green Shoots
Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Illinois Native Plant Society
Indiana Office of The Nature Conservancy
Island Press
KCI Technologies
Metro Consulting Associates
2016 North American Prairie Conference
UIS Therkildsen Field Station
University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center
Williams Creek Consulting

Thank you!

Email us with any questions. See you in Bloomington!

See summaries of Past Annual Meetings.