2008 Annual Symposium and Membership Meeting

Coastal Plain Chapter – Society for Ecological Restoration
Legacy Landscapes: Ecological Restoration in Post Industrial Settings

March 18-19 annual meeting

Annual Symposium

The annual symposium for the Coastal Plain Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration met at Clemson University’s Madren Conference Center, co-sponsored by the Clemson Restoration Institute.

Participants were provided current project and research updates from the Southeastern US during two days of presentations and an evening poster session, with an optional barbecue dinner by the lake.

Participants stayed at the Martin Inn at the conference rate of $89 per night (toll-free 888-654-9020). The inn is adjacent to the conference center and overlooks Lake Hartwell and the Walker golf course. A block of 62 rooms was held for conference participants.

Featured Speaker

Featured speaker, Valerie Wilson is executive director of the Atlanta Beltline Partnership for greenways, trails and light rail transit to connect 22 miles of neighborhoods. This nationally recognized restoration project addresses brownfield remediation, historic preservation, sustainable land use and economic development. Also, the project resulted from a master’s theses by Georgia Tech students.

Special Events

A reception and poster session was held the evening of March 18. The reception provided an excellent opportunity to network with restoration and conservation professionals from all over the Southeastern US. An optional barbecue dinner was held at Clemson’s Outdoor Lab in the Experimental Forest overlooking Lake Hartwell.