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POSTPONED - 2020 SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter Meeting
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Please join us for the twelfth Annual Meeting of the SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter. This year’s meeting theme is "Restoring Landscapes - Renewing the Spirit". Our primary meeting goal is to highlight how restoration of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems can go beyond the expected ecological benefits and promote hope and community revitalization. For details please see below.

3/26/2020 to 3/29/2020
Where: Acacia Reservation
6899 Cedar Road
Lyndhust, Ohio  44124
United States
Contact: Rocky Smiley

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******************THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  A rescheduled date will be announced when available***********************


We have an exciting three days planned for our 2020 Annual Chapter Meeting ( that will include:

Keynote Presentation by Jennifer Windus (Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association and Ohio Invasive Plants Council).  Inspiring Conservation and Restoration: Bridging the Gap with Non-profit and Government Partners.

Meeting Host Plenary Session and Tour on Acacia Reservation - A Modern Urban Restoration Project. Presentations by presenters from Cleveland Metroparks will provide an overview of the restoration efforts at Acacia Reservation to restore this former golf course into a natural area and the subsequent monitoring efforts.  The plenary session will be followed by a walking tour of the restoration areas at Acacia Reservation.   

Concluding Plenary Session on Ensuring the Future of Ohio's Greatest Natural Resource - Ecological Restoration of Lake Erie.  Presentations by Thomas Bridgeman (University of Toledo Lake Erie Center) and Amy Brennan (The Nature Conservancy in Ohio) will highlight the current science and practice related to the restoration of Lake Erie and how the integration of science and practice can ensure its future.  

Choice of one of four symposia: 1) An unexpected opportunity: managing for habitat on rights-of-way and energy and transportation lands; 2) Fore to forest for fins and feathers: a primer on restoring former golf courses; 3)  Building on lessons from the past to forge a new future; 4) The essential roles of invertebrates in Midwestern landscapes

Choice of one of two workshops1) Sedges, rushes and grasses: identification and use in restoration projects and 2) Integrating data review into ecological restoration, a field perspective – a workshop on best practices for conducting data review during restoration monitoring  

78 Contributed Oral and Poster Presentations:  We currently have presenters from 8 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, Oregon) who will share their experiences involving prairie, forest restoration, stream, wetland, and oak savanna restoration.  Presentation topics include effects of prescribed fire on pollinator species, American elm restoration, use of rain gardens in urban areas, restoration within the Oak Openings region, and more!

Choice of one from among four field trips and one service project:  1) Worked over but working: transforming post-industrial sites to functional landscapes; 2) Valley View restoration – 100 years in the making; 3) Rehabilitating landscape legacies to restore ecosystem resilience for the future; 4) Coastal wetland restoration at Mentor Marsh; and 5) Behind the scenes at Acacia Reservation

Social Events:  Several social events are scheduled that include a student social on Thursday evening, a sponsorship reception on Friday, lunch on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Saturday, and a no-host social on Saturday

Meeting updates will be periodically posted on our social media accounts and our Chapter website.  We encourage everyone to join us to learn about recent research findings, novel restoration techniques, and the chance to socialize with your colleagues.

This event has been pre-approved for up to 10 CECs under SER's CERP program.