The Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest (SERNW) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life in the Cascadia Bioregion, respectfully connecting cultures and ecosystems. SERNW members and partners are actively protecting and restoring ecosystems throughout the Cascadia Bioregion which includes Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Northern California. These include practitioners, researchers, planners, consultants, students, indigenous peoples, landscape architects, teachers, artists, engineers, natural resource managers, social scientists, community leaders and volunteers.
Founded in 1993, SERNW now has members over 200 members throughout the Cascadia Bioregion. Although SERNW itself does not conduct ecological restoration projects, it serves the growing field of restoration by promoting and supporting the work of researchers and practitioners; disseminating guidance and best practices; and increasing awareness of, and public support for, restoration. SERNW activities include:
- Regional Conferences – SERNW organizes biennial conferences and chapter meetings in the Chapter region where academics, practitioners, and students come together to exchange ideas, showcase their work, forge new alliances and participate in workshops, field trips and other educational activities.
- Website and Newsletter – provide the exchange of vital information for restorationists in the region with a job board, and conference listing, and valuable articles pertinent to restoration topics in the region.
- Restoration Highlights – case studies and student project summaries published on our website.
- Workshops – practitioner workshops held annually or biennially.