PARCAS: Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas
Amphibians 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.
Learn more about PARCAs by visiting the PARCAs page.
PARC Inventory and Monitoring Guide
Inventory and Monitoring: Recommended Techniques for Reptiles and Amphibians, with application to the United States and Canada
Editors: Gabrielle J. Graeter, Kurt A. Buhlmann, Lucas R. Wilkinson, and J. Whitfield Gibbons
The PARC Inventory and Monitoring: Recommended Techniques for Reptiles and Amphibians book provides an excellent resource for biologists, land managers, consultants, and particularly those who are non-herpetologists, to understand the animals in their geographic area of interest. This project has been supported by the US Forest Service and the Department of Defense, which allows us to make the book available at a low cost ($50) with any proceeds returned directly to amphibian and reptile conservation efforts via our funds managing partner, the Amphibian & Reptile Conservancy.
Learn more about the PARC Inventory and Monitoring Guide.
PARC 10-Year Brochure
2009 marked the 10th anniversary of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.
Click here to download our 10-year anniversary commemorative brochure.
Wetland Related Publications
- Ephemeral Wetlands: A Vanishing Habitat
(produced by Midwest PARC)
- “Amphibian’s Eye View of Wetlands” Brochure
(printed by Savannah River Ecology Lab and Peace Frogs)
- Using Micro and Macrotopography in Wetland Restoration
(Produced by Dave Stratman and the NRCS/USDA–Indiana Biology Technical Note #1)