Our membership is restoring the southeastern region of North America — Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Southern Appalachians.

The Society for Ecological Restoration Southeast Chapter (formerly known as the Coastal Plain Chapter) was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization of professionals from a variety of disciplines including practitioners, scientists, land managers, landscape architects, foresters, engineers, community activists, and students that study, plan, and implement ecological restoration projects throughout the Southeastern United States.

SER Southeast serves members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


The mission of SER Southeast is to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.

In order to accomplish our mission, we will: 

  • Encourage practice and research in all areas related to ecosystem restoration.
  • Disseminate the science of ecological restoration via meetings and publications to the members of the Chapter, to public and private institutions, and to the general public.
  • Develop and promote technical and ethical guidelines for ecosystem restoration.
  • Conduct programs of public education and understanding of the values and limitations of ecosystem restoration.
  • Articulate and advance the Chapter’s positions on public policy regarding ecosystem restoration.
  • Advise public agencies regarding the improvement of ecosystem restoration standards and criteria.
  • Encourage the fellowship of restorationists based on shared knowledge, dedication, friendship, and mutual professionalism within the region.


Contact Us

If you have questions about the chapter, please email Chapter President, Jennifer Franklin at jafranklin@utk.edu