We’re honored and excited to be co-chairing the Restoration sessions of the 2015 CNPS Conservation Conference with Bruce Orr of Stillwater Science. We already have an exciting group of abstracts, but we’re hoping to get a few more to fill in some content goals. Please read below and see if you might have something to present. Abstract deadline is July 31, 2014.

Mission Blue Crew members removing targeted non-native weeds in Mission Blue butterfly habitat. SF, CA.

Mission Blue Crew members removing targeted non-native weeds in Mission Blue butterfly habitat. SF, CA.

We anticipate three total sessions of talks, and we’ll be organizing the subsessions based on abstracts/talks provided. We hope that it’s clear that restoration is a core principle of the submitted talk. Here’s what we’re thinking: 

Restoration is a burgeoning field that is necessarily interdisciplinary in nature, yet firmly rooted in the principals botany and vegetation ecology. Presentations in this session will focus on how vegetation and plant communities play an integral role in restoration. We would like for every presentation to offer compelling insight to the following question: “How is plant/vegetation knowledge essential for for the success of your project?” 
 a.      What are the implications of climate change for ecological restoration in the 21st Century? (how should you design projects in face of likely changes in temperature and precipitation patterns (and hydrology for aquatic, riparian, and wetland systems)? Role of conservation/restoration of thermal refugia? Issues related to designing restoration to be resilient to future climate change.

b.      Is local, genetic stock always best? (What are the pros and cons? When should we use ecotypes from climates that better match predicted future site conditions, especially for long-lived species? Should we mix local stock with other ecotypes to increase genetic variability of planted stock? What role should assisted migration have in ecological restoration?)
c.      How do we plan for resiliency and ecological trajectories in restoration planning (use of the concepts in guiding restoration, target trajectory instead of a target end state, how do competing conceptual models of ecological succession and dynamics affect practical decisions of selecting appropriate plant palette and designing planting plans, etc.)
d.      Restoration targets and philosophy: when is a “rambunctious garden” good enough? (can weave in ideas of permanently altered systems, novel ecosystems, and “new natives”)
e.      Fresh ideas on restoration monitoring: how much science is enough? (how to make it more effective and efficient; base level monitoring for all projects vs more in-depth/research level monitoring in selected cases); retrospective assessment of restoration success for projects after one or more decades (meta-analysis of results)

[FROM CNPS staff]



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