Society for Ecological Restoration

Texas Chapter 


     Restoration Update                                 July, 2016

In This Issue



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Board of Directors 



Charlotte Reemts


Vice President

Kelly Lyons



Leslie Dietz



Colin Shackelford


North Texas Rep.

Michelle Villafranca


East Texas Rep.

William Forbes


South Texas Rep.

Eric Grahmann


West Texas Rep.

Katherine Crosthwaite


Central Texas Rep.

Ingrid Karklins


Coastal Texas Rep.

Alejandro Fierro Cabo


Coastal Texas Rep.

Bradley Hoge


Chapter Director

Gwen Thomas




(972) 768-8067 

2016 Conference
November 11-13, 2016
Camp Cho-Yeh
Livingston, TX

Save the Date!

Employment Opportunities 
& More
For up-to-date announcements of positions open in ecological restoration and environmental science,
visit our website at:
Job Postings

We also post a wide range of articles on ecological restoration issues as well as job and volunteer opportunities on our Facebook page at:
TXSER Facebook Page
South Rio Grande Valley
TXSER Newsflash

Last Call for Nominations
2016 Excellence in Ecological Restoration Award
Each year at our conference, TXSER honors someone who has made substantial contributions to restoration ecology in Texas with the Excellence in Ecological Restoration Award.  These contributions can include ground-breaking research, amazing on-the-ground restoration implementation, or outstanding facilitation of others' restoration efforts.  Their contribution to the field must be innovative, sustained, and/or exceptional.  If you know of someone who should be considered for this award, please send a short paragraph about their efforts and qualifications to Charlotte Reemts or Gwen Thomas.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, July 29th.  

Charlotte Reemts -

Gwen Thomas -
Conference Update

November 11-13, 2016,
Camp Cho-Yeh, 
Livingston, Texas

Call for Abstracts

We are accepting abstract submissions for conference presentations and posters on any topic related to the restoration, management or conservation of natural areas in Texas and beyond, in either rural or urban settings.  For details on abstract submissions, click here -  Call for Abstracts.

Conference Events & Activities

Some of the exciting events/activities planned for the 2016 conference include:

* Keynote Speaker - Wendy Ledbetter, TNC Forest Program Manager
* Field trip to TNC's Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary
* Centennial Forest/Big Thicket Tour & Tree Planting
* Field trip to the Pineywoods Mitigation Bank
* Young Professional and Student Happy Hour
* Excellence in Ecological Restoration Award
* Campfire and S'mores in the woods
* Volleyball & ping-pong matches, treehouse explorations
* Land-based "blob" (upside-down trampoline)
* Many opportunities for informal networking
* And, of course, lots of great presentations by experts in the field

Check out our conference website for details:   TXSER-2016.
Pineywoods Mitigation Bank.  Photo credit:  PMB Staff.

News You Can Use

1.  Hill Country Land Trust - Land Stewardship Video Series - Prickly Pear Management

Narrated by Steve Nelle, Prickly Pear Management is the first video in the series.  More are being developed.  Click here -   Prickly Pear Management.

2.  Teaming With Wildlife:  True to Texas

TWW's first newsletter with lots of good information.  Click here - TWW: TTT

3. Soil Fungi Database - Dyrad Digital Repository

This database includes 4010 studies from 438 peer-reviewed articles.   Click here for link to database - Soil Fungi

4.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Management Recommendations for Native Insect Pollinators in Texas

This is hot of the press from TPWD.  Click here to download - Native Pollinators

5.  Apache Corporation Tree Grant Program 

Grant money for restoring wildlife habitat, repairing stream damage and enhancing cities and neighborhoods.  Click here for information - Apache Trees

6.  Texas Forestry Museum, Lufkin - Restoration of Longleaf Pine Exhibit

This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Texas Conservation Alliance and Earth Day Texas.  Click here - Texas Forestry

7.  Summer Nature Reading from The Nature Conservancy

Just for fun, a list of nature books for summer reading at camp or at the beach.  Entertaining bestsellers that don't sacrifice scientific rigor.   Click here - Summer Nature Books

Upcoming Events

1.  USFWS Restoration Webinar Series

Download schedule for monthly webinars August - December -   Restoration Webinars Schedule

A Heartfelt Thanks to the Following Organizations & Individuals for their Generous Support  of our
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The Society for Ecological Restoration, Texas Chapter promotes ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and

re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. 



 Become a member today!                            Click Here to Join Us! 


Join the Texas Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration.  Chapter members receive valuable benefits including:

  • the opportunity to network with restoration practitioners and enthusiasts;
  • discounts to our Annual Conference, an opportunity to share and learn;
  • invitations to attend talks, ER Discussion Groups, and volunteer workdays around the state; and,
  • monthly updates and quarterly newsletters with articles and notices about regional events that allow you to connect to the local restoration community.

Chapter membership fees of $15 support chapter administration.  The TXSER Board of Directors consists of volunteers who share a passion for furthering ecological restoration in Texas.


Joining SER links you with a global restoration network.  SER member benefits include:

  • SERNews bi-monthly newsletter;
  • discounts on journal publications;
  • discounts to SER World Conferences;
  • discounts on SER Career Center;
  • access to a searchable, online member directory;
  • access to SER's Global Restoration Network; and,
  • promotional opportunities through the SER Calendar of Events and Restoration Project Showcase.

To become a member visit:


Be sure to click the Texas Chapter as your Chapter Affiliate.  We look forward to having you join us!