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Letter from SER Executive Director Bethanie Walder

Volume 30 Issue 5 | October 2016
The Certification Issue


For almost as long as SER has been in existence, we have discussed the idea of developing an ecological restoration practitioner certification program that encourages high professional standards and improves the practice of ecological restoration. In fact, we haven’t just discussed it – at different points in time, SER members have cumulatively volunteered thousands of hours toward the development of such a program. There have been several sustained efforts, and those efforts have paved the way for SER’s new Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner Program (CERPP).

Over the past year, a small committee of Board members, along with several additional SER members, has been working to resolve the outstanding issues from the work of our predecessors and to repackage their previous endeavors into a high quality certification program. Scant progress would have been made if not for the leadership provided by SER’s new Certification Program Coordinator, Jen Lyndall. In December 2015, Jen began volunteering for SER to re-initiate development of the certification program and to lead the new committee. In September 2016, we officially hired Jen to run the program. The bulk of this issue of SERNews focuses on the outline of the CERP Program itself, its benefits to practitioners and land managers, and an introduction to the process.

In addition, check out “Society News” for information about other new happenings here at SER, including the very timely formation of a Professional Development Committee. Kudos to Amber Inggs, Matt Grabau and others for their initiative in identifying opportunities for SER to expand its Professional Development offerings. While Certification is an important component of Professional Development, it is not the only component, and Amber and her crew have outlined a plan for creating a variety of different Professional Development tools – the majority of which are intended to be international in their applicability.

Finally, if you haven’t explored our new website yet, stop by soon, and come back often, because we’ll be adding new resources and other content on a regular basis. In addition, the new website offers many more opportunities for engagement and networking, so we hope it’s a much more interactive resource for all SER members moving forward.

Lots of changes and exciting developments at SER over the past few months, as projects we’ve been working on all year finally come to fruition – especially certification! Thank you, in advance, for your patience as we work through the inevitable kinks that will turn up as we implement the certification program. That said, we hope you are as thrilled as we are about the official launch of the program and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jen if you have questions or comments. Read on, and let us know what you think. We look forward to seeing certification applications from many of you in 2017!

All the best,

Bethanie Walder

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