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Exciting Membership Changes at SER!

Friday, January 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Welcome to the New Year! While we're looking forward to 2017 we are still catching our breath over all the activity and progress we made last year. 2016 was a whirlwind which included launching our Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner program and releasing new International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration. As SER members you also saw many other positive changes from global restructuring, to revamping our e-newsletters and website, to building a webinar series.

In partnership with our members, chapters and thematic sections across the world, SER plans to expand on this momentum in 2017. To get things rolling, we're kicking off the New Year with some exciting changes to membership opportunities. Some new options simplify our membership structure, others offer new ways for you to invest in SER. No matter what membership level you choose, all SER members will continue to receive a growing number of basic benefits from SER, including significantly discounted rates for our certification program and World Conferences; with discounts to all Island Press and Wiley Publications, including SER's journal Restoration Ecology; and access to new resources, continuing education, and engagement opportunities via SER's updated website.

Beginning Tuesday, January 17 the following changes will go into effect:

BASIC MEMBERSHIP CONSOLIDATION: $65 for Individuals, $25 for Students, Retirees, and Individuals from Low Income Countries
Our basic membership now includes membership with both SER and the regional chapter or thematic section of your choice. This is not a price increase. We are combining what had been two separate membership fees (the SER fee and regional chapter fee) into a single fee of $65 per year for individuals or $25 for students, retirees, and individuals from low-income countries. We know most of you are already members of a chapter, and this will simplify your renewal. For those who aren't chapter members, affiliating with one of our chapters or sections will provide more networking opportunities. Even if there is no chapter where you live, you'll be able to network electronically with other SER members. And if it inspires you to help organize a new chapter, let us know! Globetrotters will still be able to join multiple chapters for an additional $15/chapter/year.

We've created a special membership for our friends who are enjoying a well-earned retirement, but want to keep in touch with SER and news in the field. You bring a lifetime of experience to the Society, so it benefits all of us to keep you as a member! As a Retiree Member, you'll receive the same benefits of the basic membership and you can continue to help the Society make a difference on the world stage.

If you'd like to make a bigger impact, consider becoming a Friend of SER. Friend membership includes a year's subscription to Restoration Ecology,chapter membership, and all other basic membership benefits. SER Friends will be recognized on our website (unless you choose to stay anonymous). But the principal reason to become a Friend is to invest in your Society. Your support will help SER advance the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration. Our recent publication of new International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration is a great example of what we can do with your support.

If you've been a long-time member of SER or even if you're new to the Society but you feel a deep commitment to ecological restoration, consider a Lifetime Membership. All the benefits of a basic membership apply along with a lifetime chapter membership and lifetime subscription to Restoration Ecology (and no renewal notices!). You'll also receive a thank you gift (we're leaning towards a light field jacket with SER's logo embroidered on it). As a Lifetime Member, you're providing both human investment and financial investment in SER for the long term, and we truly appreciate it!

People often say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. As individuals, we are each working to implement and advance ecological restoration in our own backyards. Through SER, together, we can ensure that ecological restoration is a vital and effective tool to repair degraded lands globally, especially in the context of climate change.

No matter what membership level you choose when it's time for you to renew, we're glad you're a member of SER and we're looking forward to working with you to build even greater momentum for ecological restoration in 2017.


Bethanie Walder
Executive Director, Society for Ecological Restoration