We engage in the practice of Ecological Restoration as scientists — drawing inspiration from the spirit of inquiry to characterize the elements of an ecosystem. We use science as a tool to draw conclusions about what aspects have been lost, about what is working and what is not. We engage as landscape architects, creating a vision for how the system can be brought back, and as engineers, exploring risks and feasibility of restoration approaches. Legal and regulatory specialists are the storytellers; they craft the discussion of how the system came to be, how it might be fixed, and what social considerations must be incorporated. Together, we design solutions. Then we act. We develop innovative construction approaches to minimize disturbance, and then bring in armies of volunteers or heavy equipment and make real our collective vision of what should be. We are artists. We change the landscape and try to leave it in better condition than how we found it.
In May 2016, SERCAL will come together on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe to explore creativity at the intersection of science, design, and collaboration. We will learn from each other and explore the creative ways that we inquire, collaborate, and restore landscapes. We will celebrate these works of art — our masterpieces of collective conservation. I hope to see you there.
— David Shaw, SERCAL President and Conference Chair
TECHNICAL SESSIONS: Creative Collaboration for Multiple Benefits | Fire and Post-Fire | Mono Lake / Desert Systems | Creativity in Upland Restoration | Riparian and Wetland Systems | Montane Meadows | and a special session on Preventing the Spread of Plant Pathogens
Plus a POSTER SESSION, EXHIBITOR BOOTHS, FIELDTRIPS and all the good things you've come to expect from Restoration Finest Annual Gathering. We hope to see you there!
Early Bird registration discounts available March 16 through April 22.
Visit http://www.sercal.org/sercal-2016/ for more details!