Society for Ecological Restoration

Texas Chapter 


      Restoration Update                         October, 2016

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Board of Directors 



Charlotte Reemts


Vice President

Kelly Lyons






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

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For up-to-date announcements of positions open in ecological restoration and environmental science,
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South Rio Grande Valley
TXSER Newsflash

Conference Registration Open Until October 26th!!

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

Conference Update

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

* Keynote Speaker - Wendy Ledbetter, TNC Forest Program Manager
* Field trips include:  TNC's Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary,  Centennial Forest/Big Thicket Tour & Tree Planting, & t he Pineywoods Mitigation Bank
* Young Professional and Student Social
* 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.
Member Spotligh t
Scott Jecker in his natural environs.  Photo credit:  Jayme Jecker.

Name: Scott Jecker, PWS  

City: San Marcos, Texas

Affiliation: Whitenton Group, Inc. Environmental Consultants

Briefly describe your ongoing efforts/interest in ecological restoration.  Ecological restoration of wetland, upland, and stream habitats has been of interest to me for 20+ years. Primarily, my restoration focus has been design and implementation of inland and coastal wetland-related mitigation projects. I am also involved with wildlife habitat restoration projects for private landowners (wildlife management, post-logging improvements, etc).

These projects have included prescribed burning, planting/seeding/hydro-mulching, (mechanical) habitat manipulation, oyster habitat creation, bank stabilization, and the installation of permanent and temporary erosion and sediment controls.

I have completed restoration projects on federal, state, municipal, and private property and am very fortunate to be able to see most of my projects through the design, install, and post-monitoring phases. My restoration experience is in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.

Texas Indigo Snake
(Drymarchon melanurus erebennus)
Photo credit:  iNaturalist.

Describe your favorite outdoor activity.  I am fortunate enough to get paid to be outside and work in a variety of habitats/settings. Just being outside is my favorite outdoor activity. Kayaking or otherwise being on the water is at the top of the list.

What is your favorite Texas plant and/or animal?  No favorites. I like 'em all, but two I am partial to are the Texas Indigo Snake ( Drymarchon melanurus erebennus) and Lizard's Tail ( Saururus cernuus).

Lizard's Tail (Saururus cernuus).
Photo credit:  Oklahoma Biological Survey
News You Can Use

1.  Managing Ash Juniper -  This is the second video in a series from the Hill Country Land Trust.  The 12 minute video offers practical advice on managing ash juniper on your property - Ash Juniper

2.  The State of North America's Birds 2016 -  From the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the first-ever conservation vulnerability assessment for native bird species - North American Birds

3.  TPWD - Texas Ecosystem Analytical Mapper -  Interactive mapping tool to assist in understanding Texas habitats -  Ecosystem Mapper

4.  How is My Target Species Recovering? - A free, short biodiversity monitoring manual put out by Germany's GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation) -  Biodiversity Monitoring

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
2016 Annual Conference - Linking Science & Practice!!





Katherine Crosthwaite & Charlotte Reemts

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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.

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