2015 Annual Chapter Meeting: Chicago Botanic Garden
Our Midwest-Great Lakes SER Seventh Annual Chapter Meeting, Cultivating Ecological Restoration within Human Dominated Landscapes, was held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois from March 27 to March 29, 2015.
Keynote: The keynote speaker for the 2015 Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter Meeting was Dr. Suzanne Malec-McKenna, with a presentation entitled “Quality of Life Through the Lens of Natural Resources”. Dr. Malec-McKenna is the Executive Director of Chicago Wilderness, a regional alliance consisting of over 300 organizations working together to restore nature and improve the quality of life for all living things by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Dr. Malec-McKenna is responsible for aligning the strategies and actions of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance to advance its conservation mission, overseeing its operations, and working to sustain the alliance.
Friday Opening Plenary Session: “Urban Restoration at Multiple Spatial Scales”, highlighted the importance of considering multiple spatial scales as part of urban restoration efforts. Our Opening Plenary Session featured presentations by Jim Anderson (Lake County Forest Preserve District), Bill Glass (U.S. Forest Service ), Jack Pizzo (The Pizzo Group), and Lynne Westphal (U.S. Forest Service ).
Saturday Joint Plenary Session and Tour: “An Emerging Role for Botanic Gardens in Ecological Restoration and Conservation”. Presentations by the scientists from the Chicago Botanic Garden provided an overview of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s restoration and conservation programs. This session was followed by a walking tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s shoreline and prairie restoration projects and a tour of the Plant Science Center.
Sunday Field Trips: Four offsite field trips were held on Sunday March 29, 2015. (1) Restoration of High Profile Urban Ecosystems; (2) Prairie, Savanna and Oak Restoration in Somme Forest Preserves; (3) Oak Savanna and Ravine Restorations; or (4) The Glen and the Grove.
Sponsorship: We are grateful for the generous support of our meeting hosts, the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Plant Biology and Conservation Program at Northwestern University.
And – we are grateful for the generous support of our meeting sponsors.
Rue Anemone Sponsors: Stantec and University of Illinois-Springfield Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon.
Prairie Trillium Sponsors: Agrecol, Applied Ecological Services, The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Park District, EnviroScience, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Landscapes of Place, Metro Consulting Associates, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, Prairie Moon Nursery, Purdue University Calumet Department of Biological Sciences, Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium, The Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and V3 Companies.
Bloodroot Sponsors: Bollinger Environmental Inc., David Borneman LLC, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., Island Press, Parklands Foundation, Tallgrass Restoration, University of Illinois-Springfield Biology Department, and University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center.
Thank you to the Annual Meeting Committee, MWGL Board members, volunteers, and YOU for participating and making this another great meeting!
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