Spring 2014 Annual Chapter Meeting: Minnesota!
Our Midwest-Great Lakes SER Sixth Annual Chapter Meeting, Building on the Midwest Legacy of Restoration: Linking Theory and Practice, was held at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota, Friday March 28 – Sunday March 30, 2014.
Keynote: 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 presented both academic and practitioner perspectives, from 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).
Joint Plenary Session and Tour: Restoration Scaled-Up: Ambitious solutions to complex challenges in Minnesota (and beyond). Presentations from Meredith Cornett (The Nature Conservancy), Joe Magner (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency & University of Minnesota), and Jeff Lee (Barr Engineering) highlighted 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. The session concluded with a walking tour of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes.
Field Trips: Ron Bowen and John Bowen, Native Plant Community Restoration and Materials Production at the Prairie Restorations Inc. facilities in Princeton, Minnesota. John Moriarty, Forty Years of Restoring a Minnesota Landscape at the Crow-Hassen Park Reserve in Rogers, Minnesota. Kevin Biehn, Stream Restorations in Urban Environments with 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. This exhibit was on display during the Meeting.
The Call for Abstracts is closed. See details (pdf).
The Call for Workshops and Symposia is closed. See details (pdf).
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., Emmons & Olivier Resources Inc., Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc., Eco Logic, Genesis Nursery, Green Shoots, Island Press, Landscapes of Place LLC, MAD Scientist & Associates LLC, Metro Consulting Associates, Minnesota Native Landscapes, Minnesota Native Plant Society, Monarch Joint Venture, Natural Shore Technologies, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, Prairie Moon Nursery, Prairie Restorations Inc., Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapters of The Nature Conservancy, and University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center.