Thank you to everyone who made our SERCAL 2015 conference in San Diego a bona fide success!
How should we reach out to the next generation so there is a greater sense of environmental ownership and community? Session topics introduced participants to various approaches to projects in southern California and provided insight into our restoration future. Our keynote speaker — Shara Fisler, Executive Director of Ocean Discovery Institute — spoke to a mesmerized audience on how her organization has spent the past decade empowering today's youth, engaging an entire community to heal their landscape, and shape the next generation of ecologists. Read a recent article about Shara and be inspired! Abstracts will be posted before Memorial Day weekend.
Changes coming to SERCAL: This summer, retiring Administrative Director Susan Clark Coy will be passing on the admin torch to long-time Publications Director, Julie St. John. We will miss Susan greatly! And as always, members will receive their 2015 Election ballots late summer or early fall. Please make sure your address is current with us... if you haven't been receiving our quarterly newsletter this year, there's at least two possible reasons why. :>)
Simplified permitting now available for restoration by CDFW: Apply Now for 2015 work! With the Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act there is a new, expedited DFW permitting process for small-scale, voluntary restoration projects. With this new law now in effect statewide, CDFW offers a faster and simpler pathway for qualified restoration projects, as an alternative to Section 1600 Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement (LSAA), and Section 2081 California Endangered Species Act (CESA) incidental take permit. Find out more here.