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Every two years, in conjunction with the SER World Conference on Ecological Restoration, the Society recognizes individuals or organizations that have made outstanding achievements in advancing the craft, knowledge, and public awareness of ecological restoration. Recipients are selected by the SER Awards Committee on the basis of nominations received during an open nomination period, and are then formally recognized during the Gala Awards Dinner held at each SER World Conference. The Awards Program is open to Society members and non-members alike, and one can submit a nomination or be nominated regardless of his/her membership status.
Theodore M. Sperry Award
Named for Theodore M. Sperry, the American botanist and ecologist that pioneered early efforts to restore tallgrass prairie in the Midwestern U.S., this award honors individuals that have made a significant contribution to the science and/or practice of ecological restoration. Recipients must have demonstrated innovation and pioneering in the development of a new approach to restoration, new restoration methods or tools, useful restoration criteria and standards, and/or the development of effective ways of integrating volunteers or involving the public in restoration programs.
John Rieger Award
Named for the Society’s first president, the John Rieger Award acknowledges those who have dedicated their time and skills to advancing the science and/or practice of ecological restoration through the development of SER.
The Communication Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant impact in advancing the theory, practice, and/or public awareness of restoration through innovative communications strategies, tools, or technologies.
Full Circle Award
The Full Circle Award is given in recognition of restoration projects that incorporate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples in significant ways and reflect a balance between indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge and techniques in the project’s design and implementation.