2021 Ecological Restoration Symposium (online)
Healing Communities by Healing the Land

Gloved hands pulling out blackberry canes
A community member helps to steward an urban natural area by pulling out aggressive blackberry canes. Photo by Bill Bankson.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
9:00am-3:30pm (PDT)

Symposium Mission Statement:

The Society for Ecological Restoration’s mission is to “advance the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration to sustain biodiversity, improve resilience in a changing climate, and re-establish an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.”

In our 2021 symposium, we will focus on that final goal by lifting the voices and amplifying the stories of historically marginalized communities to ensure our collective efforts benefit both the natural resources and the people in greatest need. Our speakers will share specific strategies for building and retaining diverse teams of employees and volunteers; identifying people and places in greatest need of ecosystem restoration; and implementing restoration programs that have the power to heal and uplift under-resourced communities. If you haven’t already started, now is the time to add the lens of equity and compassion to every aspect of our shared work.

This symposium is co-hosted by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Northwest Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration to provide continuing education for restoration ecology practitioners.


Full agenda with abstracts (PDF)

Pacific Standard Timezone

9:00-9:15am Welcome and introductory remarks
9:15-10:00am Finding Common Ground: Restoring Plant Communities Globally using the SER Standards for Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Cristina Eisenberg, Ecologist, Author, and member of the Society for Ecological Restoration Board of Directors

10-10:10am Break
10:10-11:00am An Introduction to the Cultural Frameworks of Western and Indigenous Science
Demarus Tevuk, Engagement Strategist, Sustainable Seattle

11:00-11:10am Break
11:10am-12:00pm Sharing the Power: Hyperlocal Community-led Solutions to Advance Environmental and Climate Justice
Adrienne Hampton, Climate Policy and Engagement Manager, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition

12:00-1:00pm Lunch break
1:00-2:30pm Careers in Restoration: Models of Accessible Pathways

2:30-2:40pm Break
2:40-3:25pm Restoring Cultural and Environmental Communities
Jourdan Keith, Founder and Director of Urban Wilderness Project

3:25-3:30pm Closing remarks

Announcements & Attendee-shared Resources

Attendees are invited to make announcements about related news and opportunities on the symposium website. Contributions may include video, text, and/or images. Email urbhort@uw.edu if you have something to share.

Planning Committee Members

Joy Wood, Co-chair Founder, Principal Restoration Ecologist and Stewardship Specialist, Restoration Analytics & Design LLC
Charlie Vogelheim, Co-Chair Green Cities Project Manager, Forterra
Jodie Galvan Parks Operations Supervisor, City of Kirkland, WA
Rolf Gersonde Senior Environmental Analyst, Seattle Public Utilities
Elby Jones Green Cities Program Manager, Forterra
Remy Mathonnet UW Master of Environmental Horticulture student
Bridget McNassar Native Plant Program Manager, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
Regina Wandler Stewardship Manager, Skagit Land Trust






Site Workshop




Society of Wetland Scientists



Berger Partnership

Garden Cycles LLC

Go Natives! Nursery

Restoration Analytics & Design LLC

Skagit Land Trust



Jim Hunt
Volunteers removing invasive plants in Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland, WA. Photo by Jim Hunt.

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