January 15, 2018
Photo: AP/Santi Palacios
New research provides a large estimate of just how consequential our treatment of land surfaces and vegetation has been on the planet. It's a finding that could shape not only our response to climate change, but our understanding of ourselves as agents of planetary transformation.  ( via HeraldNet)

Photo: Climate Action
The Chinese government has announced that new trees to be planted in 2018 will cover at least 6.6 million hectares all over the country- an area estimated to be the size of Ireland, in a bid to become the world leader in conservation.  ( via Climate Action )

Photo: Randy Bow
The statewide search for seeds from native Texas grasses and forbs is expected to expand to East Texas in 2018. "The vision is to find and collect important native plant species and increase them to meet demand for restoration," says SER member Forrest Smith (via North Texas News)

Photo: Mike Behnken
As idyllic as the Phewa Lake region is now, it wasn't always this way. But an exemplary experiment in community-based forest landscape restoration helped reverse the damage, allowing the area to re-blossom into the bucket-list dream and clean watershed for local communities that it is today. ( via CIFOR)
Photo: Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative
"...we found there were large cattle ranches on the Big Island struggling to maintain their lands," says Jeffrey Durnst. "We proposed to put part of their lands into permanent reforestation for free. In exchange for their commitment, we would maintain the forest. The owners could run eco-tours as a revenue stream." ( via HawaiiBusiness)

New York Botanical Garden and the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management co-presented the Invasive Species Summit: Restoration and Long-term Management. SER member Paddy Woodworth discussed the field of restoration and our International Standards. The full program is available to watch online!
SER, alongside CBD, PARTNERS, FAO, and FERI released a public policy brief on the role of natural regeneration in forest and landscape restoration. Find out more and download now!
Utah State University recently published a guide outlining effective methods for controlling and managing Phragmites in wetlands. Available for download.
Join the more than 160 practitioners who have already become certified during the first year of SER's Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) Program! Application requirements andinstructions for application can be found at www.ser.org/certification.   
New from  Restoration EcologyMeeting the challenges and forging opportunities
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of our journal, Restoration Ecology. Editor-in-Chief Steve Murphy starts the first issue with a reflection on where the journal started - and also looks ahead to the future.
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