Society for Ecological Restoration

Texas Chapter 


    Restoration Update                        August, 2017

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Board of Directors 



Kelly Lyons


Vice President

Katherine Crosthwaite



Matthew McCaw



Colin Shackelford


North Texas Rep.

Michelle Villafranca


East Texas Rep.

William Forbes


South Texas Rep.

Forrest Smith


West Texas Rep.

Charlotte Reemts


Central Texas Rep.

Ingrid Karklins


S. Coastal Texas Rep.

Alejandro Fierro Cabo


N. Coastal Texas Rep.

(position open)


Executive Director

Gwen Thomas




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2017 Conference
Nov. 10-12, 2017
Univ. of North Texas
Denton, TX

Visit: for conference details.

Employment Opportunities 
& More
For up-to-date announcements of positions open in ecological restoration and environmental science,
visit our website at:
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South Rio Grande Valley
TXSER Newsflash

Our hearts go out to our family, friends, and colleagues in Houston and surrounding areas who have been impacted by the devastating flooding of Hurricane Harvey.  We are thinking not only of those who have lost their lives and their family members, but also of the many who have lost homes and property.  We admire and appreciate the incredible efforts of all those, including community members, who are involved in the rescue and relief efforts.  We hope that TXSER can be part of the rebuilding process.
Conference Update

TXSER 2017 Annual Conference:
Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots
University of North Texas, Denton
November 10-12, 2017

Conference Registration Is Open!

We have lots of exciting indoor and outdoor activities planned allowing for opportunities to network with colleagues, get your hands dirty on restoration activities, and learn.  Register before September 30th for the early bird rates.  Check out our conference website link for the many details.

Presentation and paper abstract submission deadline is Friday, September 22nd.  Please follow the link for abstract submission guidelines -    Abstract Submission Guidelines .

Sneak Peek:  
Kayak Power Paddle - Aquatic & Riparian Restoration
Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River

Enjoy a kayak paddle down the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River. Learn about the history of the river and the old and new river channels. Discuss aquatic and riparian restoration efforts of the Lake Lewisville Aquatic Research Facility with USACE staff. Observe flora and fauna unique to the area as well as some of the oldest trees in Dallas.

Once back from the kayak paddle, join in the on-going hands-on projects at LLELA, take a hike, or relax. Evening activities begin at 5:30 pm at LLELA with a Student & Young Professionals' Roundtable session and a Picnic BBQ on the Prairie.  Plan to stay for all the evening fun.

For more information:   TXSER Conference Friday Field Trips.

Join us in Denton November 10-12, 2017!
Feral Hog Control - A Realistic Option

Opinion Piece By:  Roy Leslie, Owner of Part of the Original Hillingdon Ranch, Kendall County, Texas

I like feral hogs.  There is much to admire.  Smart as coyotes and, with a comparable sense of hearing and smell, feral hogs are infinitely adaptable.  They thrive no matter what we throw their way.  They eat anything; live or dead, and they hate rattlesnakes.

But the damage feral hogs do statewide is staggering.  I don't play golf.  I don't have a landscaped yard at the ranch.  I don't raise corn, rice, soybeans, or milo, and I don't leave on horseback before daylight every morning worrying about broken legs.  They haven't yet torn up my creek or stock tanks, and a hog ham on the smoker becomes the centerpiece of my favorite meal.  Still, I kill all I see, and process or give away 15 or 20 a year.

We have about 2.60 million feral hogs in Texas.  That's 2.59 million too many.  They have colonized each of our 254 counties, and there are currently no limiting factors to slow the alarming increase in their numbers.

Click here to read the full article and comment on the field testing of Sodium Nitrite for feral swine.

Feral hog heading for a feeder.  Photo Credit:  Houston Chronicle

News You Can Use

1.  Wild Texas Film Tour  - Check out the dates and times near you for the 2017 Wild Texas Film Tour showcasing wildlife, adventure, and conservation across the state.  

2.  Urban Feral Hog Program - August 31st, 5-9pm, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Office, San Antonio 

3.  Tips and Tools for Science Communicators - From the Union of Concerned Scientists, tips and tools for communicating with policy makers and the media.

A Heartfelt Thanks to the Following Organizations & Individuals for their Generous Support  of our
2016 & 2017 Annual Conferences!!





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The Texas Society for Ecological Restoration connects

scientists, practitioners, and policy-makers to restore Texas ecosystems

and the vital services they provide.   


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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.

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