Looking Back, Leaping Forward!

The 24th Annual Conference of the California Society for Ecological Restoration at the UC Davis Conference Center, California  2017

SERCAL 2016 Registration will be online beginning March 1. Early Bird registration discounts will be available through April 15. We hope to see you there!

We will begin taking sponsorships January 25: 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! 

Call for Abstracts: Thanks to everyone who submitted an abstract for this conference!  Links:  Brochure  |  Poster Session and Student Poster Competition  |  Submit Your Abstract (form below for posters only)

Technical Sessions  Creative Collaboration for Multiple Benefits  |  Fire and Post-Fire  |  Riparian and Wetland Systems  |  Montane Meadows  |  Mono Lake and Desert Systems  |  Creativity in Upland Restoration  — plus a Poster Session featuring a Student Poster Competition

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, Balance Hydrologics


The deadline for submitting TECHNICAL SESSION ABSTRACTS is past.

Are you a student? contact julie.sercal@gmail.com to learn about student scholarships and potential extensions for submitting your poster ABSTRACT.

Please use the form below to submit your technical session or poster abstract for the 2016 SERCAL Conference. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Julie at julie.sercal@gmail.com.

Your accepted abstract will allow you to register at a substantial presenter discount. It’s our way of saying thanks!  But please register during early registration!

Name *
Clearly summarize your presentation in 10 key words or less
Include your affiliation and the best means of contacting you (address, phone, email) for further information. In the case of multiple authors, designate the presenter with an asterisk (*) after their name and use superscript numbers to identify each author’s affiliation and contact information.
Concentrate on results and conclusions using 250 words max. It should fit within a technical session (see below).
Desired Technical Session(s) *
Choose either technical session(s) or the poster session.
Student Poster Competition
Available to student poster presenters only.

The Finer Details: Abstracts

The following is an example of a well-crafted abstract, in fact an abstract for an award-winning poster at our 2011 Conference in San Diego… even though the full title is longer than 10 words: 

Saving Time, Money and the Bay: How Save The Bay Successfully Manages a Community-based Wetland Restoration Program. Laura Wainer, Save The Bay, 350 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 900, Oakland 94612. lwainer@savesfbay.org

Ecological restoration by volunteers is often associated with inefficiencies and inefficacies. Contrary to this stereotype, for over ten years Save The Bay, San Francisco has used over 50,000 community volunteers to successfully restore transition zone salt marsh habitat throughout the San Francisco Bay Estuary. We present here ten years of tidal salt marsh enhancement data to indicate the success of Save The Bay’s Community-based Restoration program. Lessons learned from analysis of this data have been used to adaptively manage our restoration efforts, increase productivity associated with utilizing volunteers, and to project a timeframe for meeting our goals. We assess our restoration efforts by measuring non-native plant reduction, native plant coverage, non-native to native plant ratio, habitat use by sensitive species, acreage, and maintenance. We depict quantitative data that indicate the financial, organizational and volunteer resources necessary for successful habitat enhancement. We conclude with recommendations for other community-based restoration programs.