Spring 2014 Annual Chapter Meeting: Minnesota!
Our 2014 Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter Meeting, Building on the Midwest Legacy of Restoration: Linking Theory and Practice, will be Friday March 28 – Sunday March 30, 2014 at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota.
New! Online Registration is now open! See the program (pdf) for an overview and schedule. You may also register by mail (pdf). Early bird registration ends March 14, 2014 so we encourage everyone to register early to take advantage of the discounted early registration prices. For those of you coming from out of town see lodging options (pdf) for information on hotels near the meeting site.
Keynote: The Annual Meeting Committee is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker will be Dr. Susan Galatowitsch, Hit-and-Run Restoration (see abstract). Dr. Galatowitsch is a Professor and Department Head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on advancing ecological restoration practice through the use of landscape-scale studies and controlled field experiments to understand processes of natural recolonization and to develop revegetation and invasive species control strategies. Additionally, much of her work has focused on research in the prairie pothole wetlands within the agricultural landscapes of the Midwestern United States.
Opening Plenary Session: Highlighting the importance of linking theory and practice in ecological restoration, this session will present both academic and practitioner perspectives to stimulate dialogue and collaboration. The session will feature presentations by Steven Apfelbaum (Applied Ecological Services, Inc.), Daniel Larkin (Chicago Botanic Garden), Dan Shaw (Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources), and Evan Weiher (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire). We are very excited that each of our speakers has accepted our invitation, and we feel this will be a great way to begin our 2014 Annual Meeting!
Joint Plenary Session and Tour: Restoration Scaled-Up: Ambitious solutions to complex challenges in Minnesota (and beyond). The plenary session includes presentations by Meredith Cornett (The Nature Conservancy), Joe Magner (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency & University of Minnesota), and Jeff Lee (Barr Engineering) that will highlight large-scale, ambitious restoration projects and cutting-edge research designed to address the challenges of climate change, habitat fragmentation, multiple stressors, and water quality in agricultural and urban watersheds. This joint plenary session and tour will conclude with a walking tour of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes.
Field Trips: Three offsite field trips will be held on Sunday March 30, 2014. Ron Bowen and John Bowen will lead Native Plant Community Restoration and Materials Production at the Prairie Restorations Inc. facilities in Princeton, Minnesota. John Moriarty will lead Forty Years of Restoring a Minnesota Landscape at the Crow-Hassen Park Reserve in Rogers, Minnesota. Kevin Biehn will lead Stream Restorations in Urban Environments that will include trips to multiple stream restoration sites in the Twin Cities metro area.
SER Print Exhibit: For the SER 2013 Meeting, Madison artist Yvette Pino paired fine art printmakers with SER members and founders to create prints based on the stories the SER members tell about their work, their mentors, and their history with ecological restoration. A dozen artists and their paired SER members from around the world engaged in conversations during the summer of 2013 that inspired a visual representation of the SER member’s story. We encourage everyone to view this fascinating exhibit that will be on display during the Chapter Meeting.
The Call for Abstracts is closed. See details (pdf).
The Call for Workshops and Symposia is closed. See details (pdf).
Call for Sponsors! We are now seeking sponsors for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Support from our meeting sponsors enables us to hold a sponsorship reception, support student participation, defray food costs, and to help us make our Annual Meeting as environmentally friendly as possible. We have five sponsorship levels to choose from that range from $100 to $1000 or more. With increasing support sponsors receive greater levels of benefits, but all sponsors are receive exhibit space and the opportunity to have an advertisement within in our meeting program and abstract book. See details within our description of the sponsorship opportunities.
We are grateful for the support of our generous meeting hosts – the University of Minnesota’s Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. We are also grateful to the support from our generous meeting sponsors, Barr Engineering, Critical Connections Ecological Services Inc., Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc., Eco Logic, Island Press, Landscapes of Place LLC, Monarch Joint Venture, Natural Shore Technologies, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, Prairie Restorations Inc., and Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapters of The Nature Conservancy.
It is going to be another great Chapter meeting. We encourage you to start planning on attending the 2014 MWGL SER Chapter Meeting.
Dr. Peter C. Smiley Jr. (Rocky)