Next Talk in Plant Restoration Series at Yale University Will Focus on Case Studies from the Southern United States

Andre F. Clewell, president of A.F. Clewell Inc., a consulting firm in Florida that specializes in ecological restoration, will be the next speaker in the semester-long Distinguished Lecturer lunchtime series at Yale University titled “The Restoration Agenda: Focus on Plants.”

Clewell’s talk on Wednesday, March 24, is titled “Are the Concepts of Restoration and Mitigation Compatible? Case Studies from Mississippi and Florida.” These weekly talks at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium at Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St. The public is invited. Bring a brownbag lunch for the discussion following the talk. For registration information, call 432-3335 or e-mail aimlee.laderman@ yale.edu.

Restoration commonly is used to compensate for the permitted destruction of ecosystems. Some restorationists challenge the ethics of this practice, according to Clewell, past-president of the Society for Ecological Restoration, who will explore the controversy by citing two case studies. One is a restored headwater swamp on mined and reclaimed land in Florida. The other is a mitigation bank operated by The Nature Conservancy for restoring pitcher-plant prairies in Mississippi.

Clewell is an Oberlin College graduate and received his Ph.D. degree in botany from Indiana University. He served on the faculty of Florida State University for 17 years prior to becoming a full-time consultant. The author of the identification manual “Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Florida Panhandle,” he has designed 20 ecological restoration projects comprising 3,100 acres in Florida, Kentucky and Mississippi.

He served as the president of the Society for Ecological Restoration and serves on the editorial board for Restoration Ecology. He has been a Fulbright Lecturer in Honduras, a research fellow at Tall Timbers Research Station and an adjunct faculty member at the New College campus of the University of South Florida.

This is the fourth year for the Yale School of Forestry “Restoration Agenda” lecture series. Co-sponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration and the New Haven Land Trust, the lectures are designed to be of particular value to people involved in all aspects of natural resource management.

Lunchtime discussions following the talks provide an informal forum to encourage interaction among community members, government officials, and Yale students and faculty. With additional support from the Watershed Fund of the Regional Water Authority and Roots Inc., the lectures present state-of-the-art perspectives on the prevention and repair of environmental degradation.

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