We often hear about restoration success stories – but what about projects that struggled or failed? During this webinar we will heard two practitioners whose projects didn’t go as planned, and the critical insights they learned over more than a decade.
The webinar will focus on two projects from Florida and Texas, USA. Jack Putz will explore what he learned from a multi-decade process of trying to apply what he was teaching and researching to a longleaf pine savanna on his own property in Gainsville, Florida.
Diane Humes will discuss her work on the Mason Park Stormwater Treatment Wetland, an experiment to address those impaired water quality, flooding, and habitat loss in Houston, Texas. The project broke ground in 2005 as part of Project Brays, a massive flood control project. Looking back 15 years of erosion, sedimentation, invasive species, and trash, how has the wetland fared and what is its future?
* Jack Putz is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Forestry at the University of Florida (UF) where he’s been a faculty member since 1982. He received his PhD from Cornell University, was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University, a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University, and the Prince Bernhard Professor of International Conservation at Utrecht University.
* Diane Humes is a Texas Master Naturalist since 2000. She has a B.S. Botany/Zoology, M.S Biology, University of Michigan, and has served as a Wetland Restoration Team volunteer lead. She has been a member of SER since 2002.
Thank you to our program sponsor Westervelt Ecological Services: https://www.wesmitigation.com/