Dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna.

The Mission of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation:

"To conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public-private partnerships.”

Brochures and Handouts



PARCAS: Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas

PARCA Cover Image2Amphibians and reptiles are experiencing exceptional declines, with habitat loss and fragmentation among the leading threats to both groups. Furthermore, municipalities, land trusts, land managers and large land owners are increasingly seeking guidance in identifying discrete areas of the landscape that provide exceptional biodiversity value. In response, PARC developed the Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) project. Download the PARCAs criteria and implementation plan here!

PARCAs are a nonregulatory designation whose purpose is to raise public awareness and spark voluntary action by landowners and conservation partners to benefit amphibians and/or reptiles. Areas are nominated using scientific criteria and expert review, drawing on the concepts of species rarity, richness, regional responsibility, and landscape integrity. Modeled in part after the Important Bird Areas program developed by BirdLife International, PARCAs are intended to be coordinated nationally but implemented locally at state or regional scales.
Importantly, PARCAs are not designed to compete with existing landscape biodiversity initiatives, but to complement them – providing an additional spatially explicit layer for conservation consideration.


Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide






By Thomas R. Biebighauser



PARC Annual Reports

Download Annual Reports to read about PARC’s accomplishments and progress

PARC 2016 Annual Report

PARC 2016 Annual Report

PARC 2015 Annual Report

PARC 2015 Annual Report

PARC 2014 Annual Report

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Wetland Related Publications


PARC Educational Materials


PARC Newsletters

Spring 2009 - Volume 2, Number 1

Summer 2004 - Volume 1 Number 2

Spring 2004 - Volume 1 Number 1


PARC Don't Turn it Loose!

Targeted at educators and pet owners, this publication describes why you should not release captive animals into the environment.

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Model State Herpetofauna Regulatory Guidelines


This brochure was created to assist wildlife management agencies in creating or modifying their regulations regarding the collection, manipulation, possession, and sale of native and non-native herpetofauna.


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Habitat Management Guidelines

PARC has published a series of guidelines to help manage for reptiles and amphibians.


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Who is PARC?

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.