Collaboration, Implementation, and Practice: Highlights from SERCAL 2016 in Tahoe

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Introduction to Summer 2016 Ecesis, Volume 26, Issue 2

As a first time newsletter compiler I had big thoughts as to possible articles and themes, then I attended our conference and was again reminded of why I truly value and enjoy SERCAL — for the focus on implementation and practice, and especially how our members openly share and discuss so much of the nitty gritty. While it is wonderful to see pretty pictures of successful projects, the challenges, pitfalls, experiments, and related research are often what inform us most. In our work we are often faced with challenges and unknowns, some of which are of vitally important for the restoration community to address sooner rather than later. While I opted to attend a field trip instead of the panel discussion on Phytophthora, this and the Fusarium dieback was the topic of many casual discussions during the conference. And of course, there is the constant discussion about technology. Just keeping up can sometimes be tricky, but the quickly evolving applications are exciting. With presentations touching on the possibilities of automated image analysis with GIS, the use of drones, and more, I thought a summary would be useful. Thank you to our authors, conference presenters, and attendees for continuing the to share your knowledge. Enjoy! – Allegra Bukojemsky, Wildlands