ICF Local Partner of Society for Ecological Restoration Conference

Visitors to the Society for Ecological Restoration’s 2013 World Conference will enjoy a special showing of the
photo exhibit, “Bloom.” The exhibit chronicles the restoration story at ICF’s headquarters in Baraboo, WI.
Learn more about the exhibit. Photos by Tom Lynn/www.tomlynnphotography.com

ICF Media Contact: Kate Fitzwilliams, 608-356-9462 ext. 147

ICF is a local partner of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s (SER) 2013 World Conference in Madison, WI. The following press release was prepared by SER.

(MADISON) World renowned experts on ecological restoration will gather at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin on the afternoon of October 6 to launch the 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Reflections on the Past, Directions for the Future. The conference organizer, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), returns to Madison, the city where the group was first founded. The SER2013 World Conference will mark SER’s 25th Anniversary.

More than 1000 people from 50 countries around the globe will convene in Madison bringing together those who are interested in the science and practice of ecological restoration, large‐scale ecosystem restoration, natural resource management, climate change, biodiversity conservation, environmental policy, and sustainable development.

The four‐day scientific program, which begins Monday, October 7 at 8 am, at Monona Terrace and Community Center, features speakers such as author and entrepreneur Paul Hawken, Dr. Braulio Dias and Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Secretaries of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity and Convention on Combating Desertification, Alvaro Ugalde, the founder of Costa Rica’s national parks, as well as Roger LaBine, a Native American from Michigan who teaches younger generations how to restore and harvest wild rice beds. Local partners include the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the International Crane Foundation.

People from the Madison community are welcome to attend. Online registration ends on September 27; onsite registrations are available too. Click here to view rate information.

Conference symposia and concurrent sessions will include restoration experts from universities, government agencies, private firms, non‐profits, and international organizations giving presentations on restoration of prairies, forest, freshwater, wetland, dryland, marine and coastal ecosystems. Panels will also offer talks on urban ecological restoration, art and restoration, carbon sequestration, climate adaptation, regional restoration efforts in New Zealand, and large‐scale restoration projects, such as the Great Lakes and Mississippi basin.

In addition to a full four‐day program, SER and its local partners are offering field trips to conference attendees on Friday, October 11. Local guides will take groups to see the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the International Crane Foundation and conservation and restoration projects in the Baraboo Hills, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area, and the Driftless area. Field trip details are available on the conference website: www.ser2013.org.