Looking ahead to the 2019 Annual Chapter Meeting at Central College in Pella, Iowa, April 12-14, 2019! Save the dates.

The Eleventh Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will be held at Central College in Pella, Iowa from April 12 to April 14, 2019. This year’s meeting theme is Cultivating Innovative Restoration Connections in the Midwest. Our primary meeting goal is to explore how to foster the development of innovative restoration connections ecologically, culturally, and professionally to enable the field of ecological restoration to meet future challenges.

Call for Contributed Oral and Poster Presentation Abstracts: The call for abstracts for contributed oral and poster presentations is now open. The deadline for submitting an abstract is February 22, 2019.  Click here for the 2019CallforAbstractsFinal . Click here AbstractFormatExample for an example of how to format an abstract.

Here are some preliminary program highlights.  More to come.

Keynote Presentation

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Laura Jackson from the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center.  The title of Dr. Jackson’s keynote presentation is Cultivating a Healthy Midwest Landscape: Deep Roots and New Restoration Connections.

Plenary session on Pollinator Habitat Restoration

Plenary session on Pollinator Habitat Restoration at Multiple Spatial Scales:  Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society), Seana Godbold (Iowa Department of Transportation), and Dana Kellogg (Linn County Conservation) will share their thoughts on pollinator habitat restoration in the Midwest at spatial scales ranging from locally within Iowa to across the Midwestern United States.

Special Meeting Host Plenary and Tour session

Small College – Big Project: The First Seven Years of the Prairies For Agriculture Project.  Faculty, alumni, and students involved in Central College’s Prairies For Agriculture Project will give a “Posters in the Prairie” session describing results of research conducted during the first seven years of this long-term project.

Choice of one of four symposia

1) Overcoming barriers to ecological restoration on farms for soil, water, and wildlife in the upper Midwest; 2) Incorporating fire research into land management and restoration work across the Midwest; 3) Innovative science communication to build connections in restorations; 4) Working lands: innovative framework to expand and improve ecological restoration in the Midwest

Choice of one of three workshops

1) On-farm pollinator habitat restoration using organic site preparation methods; 2) Employing innovative quality assurance strategies in ecological restoration – a workshop on best practices in conducting quality control field checks during restoration monitoring; and 3) Bee identification workshop.

Choice of two of four field trips

1) Prairie and Savana restoration at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge; 2) Restoration at the DeCook Bison Ranch; 3) 25 Years of Oak Savanna Restoration at the Snyder Heritage Farm; and 4) Marshall County Conservation Board Prairie STRIPS project site.

Sponsorship opportunities

We are starting to solicit sponsorships to support student participation in the meeting, greening the meeting, and defraying the costs of registration, field trips, receptions, and catering for all attendees.  Details on different sponsorship levels and associated benefits will be forthcoming.

The Call for Workshops is now closed.

The call for symposia proposals is now closed. 

Registration Opening Soon

Stay tuned for details.

Meeting Location and Accommodations–2019 Annual Chapter Meeting

Program Schedule

Field Trips