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 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.
The Federal Agencies Steering Committee, or FASC, is comprised of representatives from 11 federal agencies. The FASC operates under a Memorandum of Understanding , the purpose of which is to provide a framework for cooperation and coordination in achieving the objectives of the FASC , and in matters relating to the conservation of amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats. The Committee provides a unified forum to facilitate herpetofauna communication and management among federal partners through the PARC network, and assists in implementing the PARC Strategic Plan.
PARC will strive to foster a safe and respectful environment for our colleagues and professional contacts. PARC members will observe and uphold the highest standards of scientific integrity and professional behavior. PARC is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment that fosters open dialogue, exchange of scientific ideas, and equal treatment of all participants.
PARC is a network that is open to people of all backgrounds, skills, and perspectives, thus providing a community of practice, which coordinates and cooperates toward mutual or complementary goals.
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 2018, the PARC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Team (DEITT) implemented a survey with the overall goal of assessing the demographics of our membership and members' current perceptions regarding PARC's efforts to support and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion at annual meetings.
Each year PARC publishes an annual report to highlight its progress and accomplishments. You can download and read PARC's annual reports here.
The mission of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) is to forge proactive partnerships to conserve amphibians, reptiles and the places they live. Our ultimate vision is of a society where amphibians and reptiles are valued for their importance in our natural and cultural heritage and are considered in all conservation and land management decisions.
PARC presents two awards annually: the Alison Haskell Award to honor extraordinary commitment to herpetofaunal conservation; and the Visionary Leader Award, which recognizes an individual for extraordinary leadership.
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Find out about PARC's guidelines and position statements on the sustainable use of herps, model regulations for herps, and the use of of herps in teaching.
This year is PARC’s 20th Anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, we have compiled a list of 20 significant accomplishments (in no specific order) of our network.