USGS US Army Corps of Engineers NRCS University of Florida / IFAS Baltimore Marriott Waterfront NCER 2011 * 4th National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration * Aug 1-5, 2011 * Baltimore, MD



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August 21-25, 2011
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
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NCER Primary Partners
NCER is organized as a collaborative effort by a diverse group of institutions, and the ongoing support by these primary partners helps sustain the NCER Conference mission. This partnership enables us to provide an outstanding forum for speaker and poster presentations, along with meeting facilities, technological support, networking functions, and reference materials for all participants. It is through the continued involvement of these primary partners the University of Florida is able to organize NCER as a bi-annual event. 

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Since 1935, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (originally called the Soil Conservation Service) has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources. NRCS employees provide technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. We provide financial assistance for many conservation activities. Participation in our programs is voluntary.

  • Our Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) program provides voluntary conservation technical assistance to land-users, communities, units of state and local government, and other Federal agencies in planning and implementing conservation systems.

  • We reach out to all segments of the agricultural community, including underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, to ensure that our programs and services are accessible to everyone.

  • We manage natural resource conservation programs that provide environmental, societal, financial, and technical benefits.

  • Our science and technology activities provide technical expertise in such areas as animal husbandry and clean water, ecological sciences, engineering, resource economics, and social sciences.

  • We provide expertise in soil science and leadership for soil surveys and for the National Resources Inventory, which assesses natural resource conditions and trends in the United States.

  • We provide technical assistance to foreign governments, and participate in international scientific and technical exchanges.

NRCS CONTACT: Philip Barbour, Wildlife Biologist, USDA NRCS, Ecological Sciences Division, 7578 Old Canton Road, Madison, Mississippi 39110; PHONE: (601) 607-3131; EMAIL:; Web Site:  

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US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is made up of approximately 34,600 Civilian and 650 military members. Our military and civilian engineers, scientists and other specialists work hand in hand as leaders in engineering and environmental matters. Our diverse workforce of biologists, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, natural resource managers and other professionals meets the demands of changing times and requirements as a vital part of America's Army.

Our mission is to provide quality, responsive engineering services to the nation including:

  • (Planning, designing, building and operating water resources and other civil works projects (Navigation, Flood Control, Environmental Protection Disaster Response, etc.)

  • Designing and managing the construction of military facilities for the Army and Air Force. (Military Construction)

  • Providing design and construction management support for other Defense and federal agencies. (Interagency and International Services)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental mission has two major focus areas: restoration and stewardship. Efforts in both areas are guided by the Corps environmental operating principles, which help us balance economic and environmental concerns.

The Corps supports or manages numerous environmental programs, that run the gamut from cleaning up areas on former military installations contaminated by hazardous waste or munitions to helping establish a small wetland that helps endangered species survive. Some of these programs include: Ecosystem Restoration, Formerly Used Defense Sites, Environmental Stewardship, EPA Superfund, Abandoned Mine Lands, Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, Base Realignment and Closure 2005.

USACE CONTACT: Dave Koran, US Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314; PH 202-761-0076;
EMAIL:; Web Site:

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US Geological Survey (USGS)

The US Geological Survey serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

The USGS employs the best and the brightest experts who bring a range of earth and life science disciplines to bear on problems. By integrating our diverse scientific expertise, the USGS is able to understand complex natural science phenomena and provide scientific products that lead to solutions. Every day the 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS are working for you in more than 400 locations throughout the United States.

As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers.

USGS CONTACT: Dr. G. Ronnie Best, Coordinator, Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science, US, c/o University of Florida/IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, 3205 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7799; PH:954-577-6354; EMAIL:; WEB SITE:

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University of Florida / Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences
    — Soil and Water Science Department (UF/IFAS SWSD)

Soil and Water are vital resources in urban, agricultural, and natural ecosystems. The Soil and Water Science Department (SWSD) provides highly visible leadership in teaching, research, and extension / outreach programs as related to improving the productivity of agriculture with environmentally sound management practices, improving water quality, and protection and conservation of natural resources. Our department is one of the few in the nation that offers a comprehensive research and educational programs (molecular to landscape level) involving terrestrial, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems of the landscape. In addition to traditional on-campus educational programs, we use innovative e-technologies to offer educational programs to place-bound students. Our graduates and postdoctoral fellows are well placed at universities, state and federal agencies, and private industry.

The SWSD programs are designed to meet the changing needs of our clientele at state, national and international levels. To meet new challenges and explore new opportunities, the SWSD’s research, teaching, and extension programs are focused in five areas, with broader implication to water quality, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gases, and climate change:

  • Management of Nutrients, Pesticides, and Wastes

  • Remediation of Contaminated Soils, Waters, and Aquifers

  • Soil Quality/Ecosystem Services

  • Soil/Landscape Analysis

  • Wetlands and Aquatic Systems

SWSD programs are supported by a number sponsors including state and federal agencies, and private industry. We extend our sincere thanks to funding agencies, sponsors, and students, who help us to maintain high quality research, teaching, and extension programs.

UF/IFAS SWSD CONTACT: Dr. K. Ramesh Reddy, Chair, University of Florida/IFAS, Soil & Water Science Department, PO Box 110510, Gainesville, FL 32611; PH:352-392-1804, ext 317; EMAIL:; Web Site:

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