SER Launches INSR and Welcomes Its Inaugural Board of Directors

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The Society for Ecological Restoration is pleased to announce the creation of the International Network for Seed-based Restoration (INSR), its newest thematic section. INSR links practitioners, scientists, communities, governments and industries who use seed-based techniques for ecological restoration and rehabilitation. With an interactive web page and development of discussion forums bet... read more

SER Australasia Develops National Standards

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A big project for 2016 is the publication of national Standards for the practice of ecological restoration in Australia. Based on the foundational concepts in the SER Primer, SERA worked with 12 restoration non-profit groups to develop and disseminate a set of national Standards for the practice of ecological restoration in Australia. Read about the standards in the December issue of SERNews. read more

SER Primer Translated to Arabic

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SER's Primer on Ecological Restoration has been translated to Arabic, making it now available in nine languages. View the PDF here: http://www.ser.org/docs/governing-foundation-documents/ser-primer-arabic.pdf?sfvrsn=2 The Society would like to thank Eng Hatem Taifour and Miss Razan Khader of the Royal Botanic Garden, Jordan for translating and Dr. Said Damhoureyeh of The University o... read more

SER-Ontario Scholarship Application Period Open

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The SER-Ontario 2016 scholarship application is open. Applications are due January 18, 2016. This scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is non-renewable. REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS The SER Ontario Scholarships are available to either Canadian citizens or landed immigrants attending a college or university in Ontario. Students may apply during any year of their academic program, but m... read more

Planting In Clumps Boosts Wetland Restoration Success

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2 November 2015 Durham, NC, USA - When restoring coastal wetlands, it’s long been common practice to leave space between new plants to prevent overcrowding and reduce competition for nutrients and sunlight. It turns out, that’s likely all wrong.  A new Duke University-led study, conducted to restore degraded salt marshes in Florida and the Netherlands, has found that clu... read more

USDA to invest $30 million to help protect wetlands in six states

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15 October 2015 Des Moines, Iowa, USA – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $30 million to projects in six states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a program authorized by the 2014 Farm Bil... read more

Restoring MD’s streams to health: Does triage make sense?

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9 November 2015 Maryland, USA - I volunteered to staff the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ exhibit building at the state fair on Aug. 30, something I’ve done many times before I retired from my job at the DNR. Talking with people about “critters” and answering questions about what DNR employees do is enjoyable and educational. Watching children and adults peer... read more

Green thumbs: Restoration ecologist sees hope in New Mexico’s plant biodiversity

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9 November 2015 New Mexico, USA - With all the talk about global warming these days it is rare to hear “promising future” and “native plants and pollinators” in the same sentence. But restoration ecologist Melanie Gisler makes a career out of the hopeful act of researching and restoring native plants. She directs the Southwest Program of the Oregon-based Institute f... read more

A bird’s-eye view of forest restoration

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26th October 2015 Costa Rica - Rakan Zahawi had a problem. Zahawi, a scientist with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, had teamed up with a group from the University of Maryland and the University of California-Santa Cruz to test a new technique to monitor the recovery of tropical forests. They were planning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones, over a hand... read more

Rwanda Restores Ecosystems, Generating Record Tourism and New Opportunities

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October 20, 2015 - Rwanda has undergone a remarkable economic and social reconstruction in recent years and recorded consistent growth rates of 8 per cent a year between 2001 and 2012, according to the BBC's Country Profile....click here to read the full story from CPAfrica. read more