SERCAL 2014 in Santa Rosa
Habitat restoration projects in California are initiated for a variety of reasons, from compensating for loss of habitat associated with infrastructure improvement or commercial or residential development, to supporting the recovery of special-status fish and wildlife species, to creating a buffer to improve water quality and protect aquatic habitat in developed watersheds. Although restoration projects may have different goals they often face the same physical, ecological, social, and political challenges and require practitioners to balance these challenges with the desire to re-create historic conditions. The economic realities of the last 5 years along with ever increasing land use pressures have also encouraged practitioners and implementing agencies and organizations to “partner” with other stakeholders to leverage funding and work collaboratively to achieve multiple objectives. For example in Napa and Sonoma Counties, restoration ecologists, fisheries biologists, vintners, and environmental planners are working together to control erosion and soil loss, enhance water quality, restore aquatic habitat, and meet state and federal water quality regulations.
This year's conference will provide participants with opportunities to meet and share perspectives with other practitioners actively involved in upland, riparian, and wetland restoration in Northern California, hear about project successes and failures (we often learn more from our failures than our successes), and learn ways to successfully work with local stakeholders to implement restoration projects that provide multiple benefits.
Stay tuned for SERCAL's Invitation to Sponsor in January.