Use environmental impact 'bank' to fund coast restoration, congressman says

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27 May 2016 Louisiana, USA - Why not allow industries, governmental agencies and individuals to pay money into an "environmental impact bank" to offset the effects of construction projects on wetlands, wildlife, and even the effects of oil spills, with the bank using the money to fund major federal and state restoration projects? That's the idea U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-B.R., has succee... read more

Webinar: How to Create and Sustain a State-based Ecological Restoration Division: The Massachusetts Model

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of few states in the U.S. to operate a government division dedicated solely to supporting pro-active ecological restoration. A restoration advocate might ask: How was this division created, what are the benefits of its existence, and what challenges and opportunities does it foresee for the future? Tim Purinton of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological... read more

Webinar: Developing Standards for Ecological Restoration: the how, what and why of an Australian initiative

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The Australasia Chapter of SER recently published the groundbreaking National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia. The editors and key individuals in the development of these standards, Kingsley Dixon, Tein McDonald, and Justin Jonson, discuss the process for developing these standards and offer guidance for restoration professionals who may want to establish ... read more

'Restore' is back! Now circulating the latest restoration news every month

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Some might remember our restoration news round up publication called 'Restore'. Well, we are happy to announce that we have restored Restore! This monthly newsletter will provide the latest news, resources, and research updates in restoration from around the world, delivered to you every month. Check out the March issue here. Not a member of SER but ... read more

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