Society for Ecological Restoration

Texas Chapter 


      Restoration Field Notes                        June, 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




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

Save the Date!

Employment Opportunities 
& More
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Save the Date!!

TXSER 2016 Annual Conference:
Linking Science & Practice
November 11-13, 2016
Camp Cho-Yeh, 
Livingston, Texas
(1 hour North of Houston)

The TXSER Conference Website is up and running and continually being updated .  Click the link below to check it out.

Conference Update

We need Your Input - EER Award!

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 -

Sandylands Sanctuary.  Photo credit:  TNC Staff.

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.

Member Spotlight
Leslie & Daniel Dietz

Name:   Leslie & Daniel Dietz

City:  Eugene, Oregon (formerly Austin, TX)

Leslie - Biologist, Job Seeker
Daniel - Associate Director of Conservation, McKenzie River Trust, Eugene, OR

This month we are taking a break from our formal Member Spotlight to say farewell and best of luck to two of Texas's energetic and enthusiastic conservation/restorationists who will be dearly missed by many of us across the State.  

Leslie served on the TXSER Board of Directors from 2010 through May, 2016.  Her commitment to the Board; participation in the organization and management of our annual conferences; knowledge of, and contacts in, the field of ecological restoration; and enthusiasm for TXSER will be greatly missed.  Leslie is looking for work in Eugene.  Any thoughts or contacts for Leslie, send our way and we will be sure that she receives them.

Daniel, a TXSER Member, served as the Stewardship Director of the Texas Land Conservancy based in Austin.  He is known for his work with local landowners and protecting land areas across the State.  Daniel undertook a new position as Associate Director of Conservation at the McKenzie River Trust in Eugene where he will continue his efforts to protect rural and urban lands.

We wish Leslie and Daniel, and the entire Dietz family, much success and happiness on their new adventure.  They will all be missed.

Dietz Family

A Visit with SER Nepal
By:  William Forbes
Associate Professor of Geography, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
SER Nepal.  Photo credit:  William Forbes

In March, TXSER board member William Forbes visited SER Nepal as part of a trip to plan a May 2017 service-learning study abroad course at Stephen F. Austin State University. SER Nepal was started by a young scientist/researcher with Dr. Dhananjay Regmi becoming chapter president in 2011. Dr. Regmi studied at the University of Arizona under restorationist Don Falk and received his Ph.D. in geography from Japan. Like many Nepalis, his considerable energy extends beyond his business ownership to other endeavors, including initiating activities of SER Nepal.

The chapter has conducted the following activities:  
1) planted over a thousand trees along the sacred Bagmati River within the city of Kathmandu, involving numerous community organizations and volunteers;  2) planted landscaping trees at Kalkani, a key western entry/exit point of the city that receives more air pollution than other parts of the city;  3) established a tree nursery on the southern outskirts of Kathmandu (at Chalnakhel) to support future tree planting initiatives of SER and other organizations;  4) built over 500 bamboo houses, specially designed to withstand future tremors, for villagers displaced by the April 25, 2015 earthquake. 

L-R - William Forbes, Ram R. Rijal & Ramchandra Lama
Photo credit:  SER Nepal Staff
SER Nepal is operated by Dr. Regmi's assistant Ram R. Rijal, who also completed his graduate studies (masters' degree) in Nepal and Japan, in Ecological Anthropology. Ram is pictured here in the middle with Dr. Forbes on the left and nursery manager/retired forester Ramchandra Lama on the right. The nursery uses many containerized seedlings to achieve better survival. The typical planting season is June, at the beginning of the monsoon rains that run through September. Nepal is a northern hemisphere nation at subtropical latitude, with some tree dormancy November to February. The extended dry season from October to May affects seedling survival. Higher elevations (4,000 feet near Kathmandu to 7,000 feet at the valley rim) support native temperate tree species such as beech, oak, pine, and willow along with lapsi (Choerospondias axillaris), chilaune (Schima wallichii) and 
kattus ( Castanopsis indica ), dominant in mid-elevation forests, and the lowland, flood tolerant simal tree ( Bombax ceiba ). 

As with many restoration projects around the world, natural and human-caused challenges occur, such as plant survival and competing land use. Many of the riverside tree plantings were removed by a government flood control project, despite prior coordination. SER Nepal's recent priority has been helping villagers recover from the earthquake. Future activities may include: 1) more tree plantings to reduce erosion, flooding and pollution; 2) research on what trees are best at air pollution mitigation; 3) construction of "rain gardens" around village wells, to assist infiltration and storage of groundwater; 4) and possibly a tree planting including Texas students in May 2017!

SER Nepal Seedlings.  Photo credit:  William Forbes.

News You Can Use

1.  Guide for Incorporating Ecosystem Service Valuation into Coastal Restoration Projects

NOAA framework for incorporating ecosystem service valuation at the beginning of a restoration progject rather than at the end.   Click to obtain NOAA Guide

2.  USGS Research Shows Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration Projects

Over 21 case studies available on this topic from links on this site.   For more information, click Economic Impacts of ER

3.  Rewilding Needs An Enabling Policy Environment

More thoughts to add to the rewilding discussions.  Click here - Rewilding

4.  Aligning Restoration Science & the Law to Sustain Ecological Infrastructure for the Future

Article by Margaret Palmer, published by the Ecological Society of America.  Click here for downloadable version - Palmer Article

5.  The Wilderness Society - Map Shows the Wildest Land Linking Protected Areas of the U.S.

Click here for article - Wildest Land Map

6.  Prairie Restoration (Reconstruction) as a Landscape-Scale Prairie Conservation Tool

This is an article from the Prairie Ecologist Blog from 2011 that has resurfaced.  There are many interesting links in this article.  Click here - Prairie Ecologist


Upcoming Events

1.  USFWS Restoration Webinar Series

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

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