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Explanation of theme: Current practice and research regarding the degradation and restoration of the south-
eastern region, with special consideration of contemporary realities and future trajectories of ecosystems.

The Annual Symposium and Membership Meeting of the Southeastern Chapter of the Society for Eco-
logical Restoration (SER) will be held from October 17-21, 2011 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 United States. 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 on the evenings of October 18 & 20. These will provide an excellent opportunity to
network with restoration professionals from all over the Southeastern US. Also included are a workshop
and field trips featuring local restoration related venues of interest.

Conference is open to the first 100 registered participants.

Tentative Conference Schedule - all times are in Eastern Standard Time

Monday, October 17 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Field Trip #1 Tall Timbers
                   8:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M Field Trip #2 Nokuse Plantation

Tuesday, October 18
7:30 - 8:00 A.M.      Registration
8:00 - 8:10 A.M.      Welcome/ Introductions
8:10 - 9:10 A.M       Keynote Address (New Trajectories - Dr. Andre Clewell)
9:10 -10:15 A.M       Principles of Restoration part 1
10:15 - 10:30 A.M     Break
10:30– 12:00 Noon     Principles of Restoration part 2
12:00 – 1:00 P.M.     Lunch Break/Lunch Provided
1:00 – 1:45 P.M.      Keynote Address (Invasive Exotics and Restoration)
1:45 – 2:45 P.M.      Invited Speaker (Costs of Restoration - NWFWMD)
2:45 - 3:00 P.M.      Break
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.      Technical Papers - Invasives and Restoration
5:00-6:00 P.M.        Social (followed by dinner on your own)

Wednesday, October 19
8:00 – 9:00 A.M.   Keynote Address (Climate Change - National Wildlife Federation)
9:00 – 10:00 A.M.  Invited Speaker (NWFWMD restoration - David Clayton)
10:00 - 10:15 A.M  Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM   Invited Speakers (Groundcover Restoration - Holly Ober IFAS/Kent Williges FWC)
11:15 - 12:00 P.M. Technical Papers - Groundcover Restoration
12:00 – 12:45 P.M  Lunch Break/Lunch Provided
12:45 – 3:00 P.M.     Panel Discussion on New Trajectories in a Changing World
                      Panel members: NWF, NWFWMD, SER-Andre Clewell, FWC
3:00 - 3:15 P.M       Break and prepare for forest restoration workshop/field trip
3:15 – 5:30 P.M.      Field Trip #3 Forest restoration and soils workshop - Lake Talquin State Forest
5:45-7:00 P.M.        SER membership meeting at UF/IFAS facility - Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 20
8:00 – 9:00 A.M.   Keynote Address (Ecological Forestry - Steve Jack/Jones Center)
9:00 – 10:00 A.M.  Technical Papers
10:00 - 10:15 AM   Break
10:15 – 12:00 P.M. Technical Papers - Restoration of Forestry Lands
12:00 – 12:45 P.M  Lunch Break/Lunch Provided
12:45 – 1:45 P.M.  Keynote Address (Wildlife and Longleaf Restoration - Jim Cox/Tall Timbers)
1:45 - 2:00 P.M    Break
2:00 - 3:00 P.M    Technical Papers - Restoration and Wildlife
3:00 - 3:15 P.M    Break
3:15 – 5:00 P.M.   Technical Papers
5:00 - 5:10 P.M.   Closing remarks - information about Field Trip #3
5:10-6:30          Social at IFAS facility - Dinner on your own

Friday, October 21 8:00 – 5:30 P.M. Field Trip #4 Sandhill Lakes and Sweetwater Mitigation Banks

The conference will include a field trips on three different days.
Lunch will be provided for the field trips. More information about the local restoration project will be provided
at the conference. You are responsible for your own transportation for field trips - carpooling will be available.
Information about the field trips is provided as follows:

Field Trip #1 - Tall Timbers Monday, October 17 Leave 8:00 A.M.- Return approx. 4:30 P.M.
Led by Dr. Andre Clewell/Jim Cox. A 30-45 minute drive northeast from NFREC to Tall Timbers. Highlights:
1) experimental plots that have been fire excluded; 2) Reference sites, trajectories, management and 40 years of
data analysis will be presented in the field. Jim Cox will explain how fire ecology is integrated with game bird
management, vertebrate ecology and forestry. The Research Station is recognized as the home of the study of
fire ecology and is an advocate to protect the right to use prescribed fire for land management.

Field Trip #2 - Nokuse Plantation Monday, October 17 Leave 8:00 A.M.- Return approx. 5:30 P.M.
Led by Dr. Matthew Aresco/Mike Dentzau of the Nokuse Plantation. Approximately 2 hour drive (one way)
from NFREC-Quincy. Nokuse Plantation is a 48,000 acre private conservation initiative in the Florida Panhan-
dle conceptualized and funded by M. C. Davis and Sam Shine. At the heart of the initiative is the understanding
that the combined resources of entrepreneurs, government and biologists will be necessary to achieve results.
Davis believes preservation and restoration over areas large enough to support the full compliment of historic

Field Trip #3 Forest restoration and soils workshop - Wednesday, October 19 Meet at 3:15 P.M. - Return
at 5:30 P.M. Our forest restoration and soils workshop will be held at the Lake Talquin State Forest which
is about a 20 minute drive south of the NFREC symposium venue. This will be led by a forester familiar with
the Florida Division of Forestry multiple-use concept, which balances environmental, recreational and resource
use needs. Emphasis is given to reforestation, ecosystem restoration, and outdoor recreation. We will also have
a soils workshop while in the field led by Joe Schuster, during which soil morphology comparisons between
restored and unrestored landscapes and between community types will be described.
Field Trip #4 - Friday, October 21 Sandhill Lakes and Sweetwater Mitigation Banks
Leave 8:00 A.M.- Return approx. 5:30 P.M., drive time approximately 2 hours one way from NFREC.
With David Clayton as our guide we will tour the The Sandhill Lakes Mitigation Bank which is a publicly
owned mitigation bank operated by the Northwest Florida Water Management District. Situated in the Sand
Hill Lakes region of the Dougherty Karst Plain, it includes preservation, enhancement and restoration of
wetlands, natural lakes and upland buffers. Established primarily to provide compensation for wetland impacts
generated by Florida Dept. of Transportation road projects.
Alani Davis will guide us through the privately owned Sweetwater Mitigation Bank which contains wet
prairie, bogs, seepage slopes and mesic flatwoods. Canopy reduction, prescribed fire and hydrologic restora-
tion were part of the management used in spring 2011. The results of these activities will be discussed while
touring the site.

Venue Information
Located between Quincy and Tallahassee, the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center
(NFREC-Quincy) provides leadership in extension related activities. The programs at NFREC-Quincy cover
a very diverse range of crops, including vegetables, row crops, forages, ornamentals, tree fruits, and forests
for pulp, fiber and energy. The research and extension efforts include production and management, breeding,
variety evaluations, pest management, nutrient management, irrigation management, weed control, and wild-
life management. NFREC-Quincy is the home of the main office for the NFREC and houses the office of the
Northwest Florida Extension District Director. It also houses one of the state-wide plant diagnostic laborato-
ries. The campus encompasses approximately 1,000 acres of irrigated and non-irrigated land including over
300 acres of forest and associated wetlands.

NFREC-Quincy        155 Research Rd.              Quincy, FL 32351-5677
map to NFREC see link:
NFREC-Quincy Phone: (850) 875-7100 NFREC-Quincy Fax: (850) 875-7188

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 cur-
rently 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. Con-
tact information for the three nearest hotels is as follows:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 101 Spooner Road, Quincy, FL 32351
(850) 875-2500

Hampton Inn Quincy, 165 Spooner Road, Quincy, FL 32351
(850) 627-7555

Parkway Inn and Suites, 75 Spooner Road, Quincy, FL 32351
(850) 627-463

Other hotels may also be available in the area.

For Questions or Information about the Meeting, contact:
John Tobe, SE-SER Conference Chair,, office phone: 850-224-0041
We are working on setting up a website for accepting registration, abstracts and applicable fees - this will be an-
nounced shortly. In lieu of website set up, please send abstracts to and you may fill out
the registration form - scan and email this and mail/post payment to the address provided.
Instructions for submitting abstracts

The Southeastern Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration is seeking abstracts for contributed oral
presentations at the Annual Symposium and Membership Meeting to be held October 17-21, 2011 at the
University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida. Topics should focus
on current restoration projects in the southeastern US; these may include (but are not limited to) upland, wet-
land, aquatic restoration, creation/enhancement, mine reclamation, mitigation, rare species restoration, land-
scape-scale ecosystem restoration, impacts on restoration from individuals, cultures, economies, climate change,
wildlife considerations, monitoring of restoration projects, sustainable projects, reference for restoration, inva-
sive species eradication, philosophy of restoration, new trajectories and case studies.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to John Tobe ( by July 29, 2011.
Abstracts should include contact information. Presentations of research are limited to 15 minutes, with 5 min-
utes for questions. Email abstracts in Microsoft Word format to or mail them to John
Tobe at the following address:
John Tobe/SE-SER Symposium
631 East 6th Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: 850-224-0041
Submitters will be notified of abstract acceptance no later than August 19, 2011

Guidelines for presentations

Presentations will range in length from 15 to 20 minutes, including 3-5 minutes for questions. LCD projec-
tors will be provided. Slides and overheads are not acceptable. Please copy your presentation onto a CD-R (not
CD-RW) or a flash drive that is labeled with your last name and title of the talk. Before the start of your session,
give your presentation to the AV assistant. There will not be time to copy the files once a session has begun. An
AV person will be on hand to assist. LCD presentations must be made using PowerPoint software. Macintosh
users should ensure that their presentations will function properly in a Windows environment. DO NOT bring
presentations on a CD-RW, portable hard drive, zip drive, or super disc. Questions about presentations should be
directed to John Tobe (850-224-0041;

By August 19, the finalized schedule with date and time for presenters and session moderators will be sent to
your email address provided in the registrant form and posted on the SER website ( The Chapter
has instituted an annual monetary award for the best student oral presentation at the conference. Please note the
status of the presenting author (i.e. student, non-student) on the abstract for consideration in this award program.

Lunches will be provided on field trips and during sessions. These will be picnic style, i.e. make your own
sandwich (vegetarian options will also be provided). Beverages will consist of ice tea, coffee and water.

Registration Form for The Southeastern Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration
2011 Fall Symposiun and Annual Meeting, October 17-21, 2011
UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida
Registration is open to the first 100 registered participants
First Name:                             Last Name:
Street Address:                                                             City:
State:                                   Zip:
Email Address:                                               Daytime Phone: (       )

Choose One of the Following:
Full Conference Registration Fee - to receive discounted registration fees, registration form and payment must
be received before August 1, 2011
(Registration includes Three Day Conference at NFREC-Quincy, Lunches for Three Days, Socials, Breaks with
beverages and snacks)
1. SER Member/non government rate: $60
2. Non member/non government rate: $80*
*Private sector folks join SER now as a full member (membership is $45) & your registration is reduced to $25
3. Government rate: $55*
*Government folks join SER now as a full member (membership is $45) and your registration is free
4. Student: Free

All day Field Trips #1, #2 and #4, each is $10, free for students, also there is no charge for field trip #3.
#1 Field Trip: Monday October 17 - Tall Timbers or #2 Field Trip: Monday October 17 - Nokuse Plantation
#4 Field Trip: Friday October 21 - Sandhill Mitigation Bank

Late registration fee: Add $20 for registrations received after August 1, 2011 (students excluded):
__ yes, I joined SER as a full member and my conference fee is $25 non government or $0 government
subtotal conference fee:       $ ________
subtotal of field trips:        $ ________
after August 1st add $20       $ ________

Grand Total Registration Cost: $ ________

Method of Payment:
c Check or Money Order enclosed: #___________ US Bank accounts only.
c Credit Card (circle one: VISA / MasterCard)
Card Number: __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ - __ __ __ __
Expiration Date (Month/Year): ____/____ CVM (# on back of card): __ __ __
Billing Zip/Post Code: ________

Please remit completed form with payment to:
Society for Ecological Restoration
1017 O Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

see following page for required SER membership information
Information needed to join SE SER

Required information:

Name: _____________________________________________

Name of Business/Organization/Individual non affiliated: _______________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________
Addres Type (Check for c home or c business)



Zip/Postal Code:__________________________________________

Phone: (_________)________________________________

Fax: (__________) ________________________________

Email: __________________________________________

Optional Information:

Profession/Field: ___________________________________

Sex (Check for c male or c female)

How did you hear about the conference?
c internet, if so: c SER website, or c other
c referral
c SER chapter
c SER international

Please remit completed form with payment to:
Society for Ecological Restoration
1017 O Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Federal Tax Identification Numbers – CPC: 56-2119843.

W-9 and minority vendor information is available, contact John Tobe for this.

Questions about the symposium? Contact John Tobe ( or Phone: 850-224-0041)

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