Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) is an inclusive partnership dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna--reptiles and amphibians--and their habitats. Our membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants. The diversity of our membership makes PARC the most comprehensive conservation effort ever undertaken for amphibians and reptiles.
Reptiles (alligators, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, the tuatara, and snakes) and amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians) have suffered from a broad range of human activities, due in part to the perception that these animals are either dangerous or of little environmental or economic value. We know now that they are important parts of our natural and cultural heritage.
We hope that, after browsing through the PARC website, you will agree that reptiles and amphibians are worth our conservation efforts. Join the cause and sign up to become a member for free and attend a PARC meeting near you!
- a diverse group of like-minded citizens, professionals, and organizations
- an open forum for discussing herpetofaunal conservation
- a national and international conservation network
- a resource for everyone who values herpetofauna and their habitats
- based on local, regional, and national efforts
- an advocate of inclusive reptile and amphibian conservation
PARC is not:
- a competitor
- a funding organization
- a policy maker
PARC is a unique conservation network because:
- PARC includes all reptiles and amphibians
- PARC is habitat focused
- PARC includes all individuals, organizations, and agencies that have an interest in reptile and amphibian conservation
- PARC focuses on endangered and threatened species and keeping common native species common
PARC is organized into five officially recognized regional working groups that serve as the operating entities of the PARC network. Through this system, PARC can focus on national and regional herpetofaunal conservation challenges. Northeast (NE PARC), Southeast (SE PARC), Midwest (MW PARC), Southwest (SW PARC), and Northwest (NW PARC) working groups have been established to allow for specific communication within each region. In addition, at this time we officially recognize the following state chapters and subunits: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean.
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PARC Organization and Contacts
Joint National Steering Committee Co-chairs
Warren Wilson College
Ohio State University
Lake Erie, OH
Federal Agencies Steering Committee Co-Chairs
Senior Natural Resource Specialist for the U.S. Navy
Department of Defense
State Biologist for Utah
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Federal Agencies Coordinator
National Park Service
Amphibian & Reptile Coordinator
State Agencies Coordinator
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Contributing Editor / Web Communications Strategist
To conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public/private partnerships.
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