Beyond Recovery: Restoration for the Future

A marvelous gathering of attendees / presenters / sponsors / enthusiasts 10–12 April 2019 at the santa barbara veteran’s building in downtown santa barbara

Inspiring morning plenary presentations by CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp and John Muir Project’s Chad Hanson were standing-room-only events.

Inspiring morning plenary presentations by CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp and John Muir Project’s Chad Hanson were standing-room-only events.

The ecological systems of our beautiful state of California are under almost constant siege from one or more of the impacts from the past (historical land use practices and extensive development), the present (prolonged droughts, history-making wildfires, flooding, and massive mudslides), and the future (climate change and increasing human pressures). Looking beyond recovery, our collective restoration expertise and efforts must work towards models of resiliency that will address ecosystem recovery for both today’s and for tomorrow’s generations.

Please join our gathering of habitat restoration experts to contribute and learn from partners on how best to apply state-of-the-art restoration lessons and approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to share the science, art, and passion of ecological restoration as we look towards future challenges and opportunities.

Whether you work statewide or locally along the Central Coast, we look forward to your participation at SERCAL’s 26th Annual Conference in Santa Barbara.
— SERCAL 2019 Conference Co-Chairs, Mauricio Gomez | South Coast Habitat Restoration and Will Spangler | H. T. Harvey & Associates

Call for Abstracts

Technical Abstracts are now being accepted through 8 February 2019; Poster Abstracts accepted through 15 March 2019.  Call for Abstracts Brochure and Guidelines for Abstracts  |  Online Abstract Submission Form

Technical Sessions

Restoration and Recovery after Fire and Debris Flows Restoration and monitoring in a time of increased fire risk Session chair: Stacie Smith, NOAA

Water Conservation for Improved Habitats How water conservation ripples through restoration from landscape design to instream flows Session Chair: Jane Gray, DUDEK

Technology and Tools Emerging tools for field work and data analysis Session Chair: Kari Dupler, WRA

Mitigation Banking, Land Use, and Conservation Opportunities to conserve and protect habitat Session Chair: Carol Presley, Carol Presley Consulting

Threats, Pests, and Pathogens How Phytophthora, shot-hole borers, pine bark beetles, aquatic pests, and climate change impact landscapes Session Chair: Ralph Vigil, Habitat Restoration Sciences

Coastal Restoration and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Increasing resiliency to sea-level rise in coastal, island, and estuarine projects Session Chair: Jeannine Ross, KMEA

Grassland Ecosystems and Coastal Prairies Restoration of some of the most endangered ecosystems in the United States Session Chair: JP Marié, CNGA

Stream and Fisheries Restoration Interplay of riparian habitat, geomorphology, invasive species management, and fisheries health Session Chair: Ross Taylor, Ross Taylor and Associates

Plus a Poster Session featuring a Student Poster Competition Session Chair: Elihu Gevirtz, Channel Islands Restoration


SERCAL 2019 Early Bird Registration is online! Watch this website for details and/or join our enews list. Regular registration rates ($245 presenters, $305 members, $340 non-members) begin March 13. We hope to see you there!


We are now taking sponsorships: Without the support of our generous sponsors, SERCAL would not be able to keep conference registration fees at a reasonable level for our attendees, nor would we be able to generate the operating capital necessary to keep the organization moving forward. We greatly appreciate your support!