The conference will take place in beautiful Carmel Valley at the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District’s recently acquired Rancho Cañada Golf Club, where you will see firsthand the initial steps of reclaiming a 400-acre golf course back toward natural habitat and community open space.

The conference will take place in beautiful Carmel Valley at the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District’s recently acquired Rancho Cañada Golf Club, where you will see firsthand the initial steps of reclaiming a 400-acre golf course back toward natural habitat and community open space.

SERCAL 2020’s First Call for Abstracts

Please join us April 29 – May 1 for The 27th Annual Conference of the California Society for Ecological Restoration at Palo Corona Regional Park & Discovery Center in CarmeL Valley

Habitat restoration experts across California are gathering to share their experiences and knowledge on a gamut of restoration activities happening in our backyards. From large-scale dam removals to small-scale community restoration, our collective efforts are helping California landscapes regain connectivity and ecosystem function, while advancing the science, art, and practice of ecological restoration in a rapidly changing state.

We hope you will join us and share your habitat restoration experiences no matter how big or small. We are accepting abstracts for 20-minute technical presentations, 5-minute/5 slide lightning talks, and poster presentations. The conference is an excellent opportunity to network with restoration practitioners, researchers, students, resource managers, community members, and more. Additionally, there will be workshops, field trips, and an exhibit hall for sponsoring organizations.

— SERCAL 2020 Conference Chair Thor Anderson Burleson Consulting

The first wave of abstracts are due no later than 22 Nov 2019

Through November 22, we are accepting abstracts for 20-minute technical presentations, 5-minute lightning talks, and poster presentations. Session chairs, announced as they are selected, will craft their sessions over the holidays with this first wave of abstracts; a second Call for Abstracts will be announced in early January to add presenters as needed for a robust conference schedule.  Call for Abstracts Announcement (pdf)  |  Guidelines for Presenters | Online Abstract Submittal Form

Technical Session themes

A Fish-eye's View: Myriad opportunities for enhancing watersheds

Building Healthy Soils: For plant growth, nutrient cycling, and carbon sequestration Session Chair: Carol Presley, Carol Presley Consulting

Fire Perspectives: Tackling the new normal of unplanned wildfires

Grassland Ecosystems: Management perspectives & local adaptations Session Chair: CNGA, to be announced

Greenways and Trails: Creating habitat connectivity and wildlife corridors

Habitat Restoration for Wildlife: If we build it, will they come?

Hindsight is 2020: Are we learning from our mistakes? Session Chair: Kari Dupler, WRA, Inc.

Protecting California’s Natural Resources: Managing invasive plants Session Chair: Cal-iPC, to be announced

Restoration in Our Backyard: How community-based efforts are transforming landscapes

Tech Tools: Monitoring, data, and analysis at our fingertips

Transforming "Retired" Lands: The paths to functioning ecosystems

Your Story Here: The nuts & bolts, science, and practice of habitat restoration

Plus Lightning Talks and a Poster Session featuring a Student Poster Competition

Are you a student?

Contact julie.sercal@gmail.com to learn about student scholarships and discounts.

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