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2018 Annual Chapter Meeting: Stevens Point, Wisconsin

The Tenth Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration was held at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point-Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin from April 20 – April 22, 2018. Thank you for joining us!

MWGL President Steve Glass at the annual business meeting

Meeting Program and Abstract Book Available! View the meeting program with details on the agenda for the meeting. View the abstract book with abstracts of all presentations.  

Photo courtesy UWSP College of Natural Resources

Photo courtesy UWSP College of Natural Resources

With a theme of Heeding the Call, the meeting explored how to promote the call to expand restoration efforts and partnerships beyond the typical site scale to larger spatial scales encompassing multiple ecosystem types. This year’s Chapter meeting was held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteer Symposium.

Keynote Presentation by Stephen Carpenter (University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology). “Past and Future Change in the Yahara Watershed: A Social-Ecological Experiment”

Plenary Presentation by Tracy Hames (Wisconsin Wetlands Association). “Landscape-scale Wetland Restoration in Wisconsin: There’s More to It Than Just Good Science”

Meeting Host Plenary Session on “Applied Learning Through Practice, Research and Reflection: Engaging University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources Students in Meaningful Ecological Restoration in Central Wisconsin”. Faculty and students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources shared results of their work restoring healthy ecosystems on campus lands and with the state of Wisconsin partners.

Choice of One of Two Symposia: 1) River Floodplain and Wetland Restoration in the Midwest; 2) Advancing Like a Fire Through the Understory – Progress and Perspectives in Oak Savanna Restoration.

Choice of One of Four Workshops: 1) Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to the Planning of Ecological Restoration Data Collection Efforts; 2) Don’t Talk Like a Scientist; 3) Online Training Program Development for Ecological Restoration; 4) Who Me? A Modeler? Using Simple Modeling Tools to Explore the Costs and Benefits Management Scenarios.

Choice of One of Three Field Trips or Three Volunteer Work Days: 1) Moses and Lost Creek Restoration Projects Field Trip; 2) Emmons Creek Savanna Restoration Field Trip; 3) Tomorrow River Fish Habitat Restoration Field Trip; 4) Schmeekle Reserve Restoration Project Work Day; 5) Green Circle Trail Invasive Species Management  Project Work Day; 6) Holiday Inn Pond and Riparian Restoration Project Work Day.

59 Contributed Oral and Poster Presentations: Presenters from ten states (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, Kentucky, Virginia) and the District of Columbia will share their experiences involving prairie, forest, savanna, stream, wetland, and lake restoration. Presentation topics included invasive species control, use of prescribed fire, evaluating restoration techniques, overviews of restoration designs, and more!

Continuing Education Credits:  The SER Midwest-Great Lakes 2018 Annual Chapter Meeting was pre-approved for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) from the following organizations:

  • Society for Ecological Restoration (SER): 6 CECs
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA): 6 CEUs
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF): 22.5 CFEs

We provided a meeting passport to track your attendance for professional development hours from other organizations.  Please email us (mwgl.ser@gmail.com) if you have questions about continuing education credit.

Thank you to our sponsors!
Cindy Crosby-Northwestern University Press, Ernst Seeds, Landscapes of Place, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin Office of The Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Genesis Nursery, Stantec, Atwell, Environmental Consulting and Technology, Metro Consulting Associates, Applied Ecological Services, Cardno, Eco Logic LLC, Eco-Resource ConsultingGrand Valley State University, University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center.

 Details related to sponsorship levels and associated benefits can be found here.


Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium at UW-Stevens Point, with Bob Freckmann

Freckmann Herbarium



See summaries of Past Annual Meetings.