Headwaters to Hightide: Expanding Opportunities for Restoration
The Annual Symposium and Membership Meeting of the Southeastern Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SE-SER) will be held from October 18-21, 2016, at the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida (NFREC-Quincy). Participants will be provided current project and research updates about ecological restoration from the southeastern US. The conference will include invited talks and contributed papers about restoration issues in the Southeast, and field trips to selected sites in the general area.
The SE-SER includes professionals from a variety of disciplines including scientists, land managers, landscape architects, regulatory agency staff, engineers, community leaders, students, and practitioners that study, plan, and implement ecological restoration projects throughout the southeastern US. Members of the SE-SER bring extensive experience in ecological restoration at various scales.
Special Events: Socials will be held after the meeting on October 18 & 20. These will provide an excellent opportunity to network with restoration professionals from all over the southeastern US.
Workshop: Ecological Restoration Workshop, taught by Dr. Andrew Clewell, is scheduled for October 18. Cost of the workshop is $100.
Field Trips: Two field trips will be offered on Friday, October 21. If you would like to attend one of the field trips, choose one of the following. Cost for the field trip is $30.
Note: Travel to these sites is on your own, we will facilitate carpooling from the venue location.
Choice 1 - Tall Timbers: Tall Timbers is located in the Red Hills Region known for its rolling hills and red clay soils, the region is rich in biological diversity, historic resources, and scenic beauty. As the largest concentration of undeveloped plantation lands in the country, the Red Hills has been identified for special conservation efforts. The Nature Conservancy has designated the Red Hills as one of America’s “Last Great Places.” Serving as a lifeline between coastal and northern wildlands, the Red Hills provides a bioreserve that ensures habitat corridors and genetic diversity necessary for the survival of far-ranging mammals and migratory birds. The decades of active game bird management have provided local settings for such rare species as the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, the gopher tortoise, and many other animals and plants.
Choice 2 - Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve: Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve protects one of the rarest of habitats: steephead ravines and streams. The Apalachicola River and Bay region is a biological hotspot, unique to Florida and home to a disproportionate number of imperiled species. The preserve is well on its way to full restoration and the uplands are being transformed into a classic, intact sandhill habitat.
Registration: Full registration includes the 3-day conference at NFREC-Quincy, lunch each day as well as socials, breaks with beverages and snacks.
SER Member/Non-Government Rate: $50
Government Rate: $55
NOTE: Online registration ends October 1, all registrants must register at the venue after this date.
Sponsorship: We encourage sponsorship of the 2016 SE SER Annual Symposium and Membership Meeting. For your convenience, you may pay online by clicking "get tickets" and choose Sponsorship. If you prefer to pay by check, please make check payable to SER Southeast and mail to: SER Southeast, John Wigginton, 2128 Moores Mill Rd., Ste B, Auburn, AL 36830. Please forward your logo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodation Information: The Quincy area provides a number of opportunities for accommodations during the conference. The nearest accomodations are located at the Pat Thomas Parkway/Interstate 10 exit, south of interchange. Reservations should be made as soon as possible to ensure accommodations during the conference, although rooms are currently available for the week of the conference. There are a number of other hotels located between Quincy and Tallahassee, especially along Interstate 10, which may also have availability during the conference. Contact information for the three nearest hotels is as follows:
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 101 Spooner Road, Quincy, FL 32351, (850) 875-2500, hiexpress.com
Hampton Inn Quincy, 165 Spooner Road, Quincy, FL 32351, (850) 627-7555, hamptoninn.com
Parkway Inn and Suites, 75 Spooner Road, Quincy, FL 32351, (850) 627-4633
Questions about the symposium? Contact John Tobe, email@example.com or 850-933-8107
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