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The California Society for Ecological Restoration is a non-profit membership-based organization dedicated to facilitating the recovery of damaged California ecosystems through educational and networking activities — conferences, field tours, workshops, and more — which empower our members to address the diverse aspects involved in restoring native California habitats.
Our Annual Conferences are chock-full of Inspiring presentations and the people you need to meet and work with. Plus we have a great time.
You're out in nature, learning new things, getting to know new people: What's not to like about a SERCal field tour?
sercal workshops provide the in-depth information you need as well as small-group connections with the people in the know
All members received ecesis, our quarterly newsletter. each issue is gathered by a Board member to highlight specific topics and issues
Organized in 1991, SERCAL was the first state chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), which had itself been founded four years earlier in San Diego. In 2000, SERCAL reorganized as the California Society for Ecological Restoration — an independent, nonprofit, public benefit corporation with California and federal non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Although the two organizations share some basic similarities, SERCAL specifically serves the ecological restoration community in California and has no organizational or financial affiliation with SER.
Over the years, SERCAL has been strongly dedicated to the following objectives:
- To advance the science, art and practice of ecological restoration.
- To educate our members and the public on sound scientific strategies and techniques of protecting, restoring and monitoring native habitat.
- To develop and promote ethical standards for practitioners in the field of ecological restoration.
- To facilitate communication among professionals and others with an interest in ecological restoration.
- To advise and consult with public agencies and appropriate entities regarding the improvement of standards and criteria for ecological restoration.
SERCAL is divided into 9 geographically based regions throughout the state to facilitate convenient interaction between members. Elected Directors for each region are available to assist in coordinating educational, restoration and social activities within the region, taking into consideration the desires, attributes and interest of the membership.
Additionally, SERCAL has organized ecosystem-oriented Guilds to provide educational and restoration opportunities within specific subject areas; currently active are the Coastal Habitat, Upland Habitat, and Wetland & Riparian Guilds.