Find Your Local PARC

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. Click on a region or state chapter on the map below to be directed to the appropriate website.

Much of the work of PARC happens at the regional level. Each region identifies its priorities and activities.  PARC relies on creativity, resources, and donated time provided from each region. The regions offer tremendous opportunities to become involved in PARC, to learn, and to engage in conservation actions for amphibians, reptiles, and the places that they live. 

Department of Defense (DoD) PARC

Department of Defense PARC (DoD PARC) is a partnership that provides a network through which the military installation biologists, natural resource managers, and professional herpetologists can work together to avoid future mission restrictions while providing stewardship for threatened and endangered herpetofauna. DoD PARC focuses on habitat and species management; inventory, research, and monitoring; and education, outreach, and training. It provides a framework for the effective management of amphibians and reptiles by the military services and their installations. DoD PARC’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the DoD has the operational and logistical flexibility necessary for testing and training exercises

International Working Group

The question continually arises about whether PARC is an international effort, and the answer is best given from a historical perspective. PARC was initially developed with a focus on the southeastern United States because the Southeast is the region with the country’s highest herpetofaunal biodiversity and potentially greatest problems.

As the PARC initiative became publicized in 1998, a national interest developed from numerous geographic regions, and then participants from Mexico and Canada became involved so that it quickly became North American. At the organizational meeting in Atlanta in June 1999, the attendees maintained PARC’s focus on North American species but with an additional interest in international actions that affect species native to North America. 

At this time, most of the PARC effort has been through the regional and topical working groups that are attempting to identify a variety of conservation issues that affect native North American species. PARC continues to be a grassroots organization with the success in various regions being dependent on the individuals and organizations involved.

PARC’s sister organization across the border, the Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network (CARC), is actively involved with herp conservation throughout Canada.