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What is PARC? …and why should anyone care? the PARC Mission “To conserve amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public/private partnerships.” Why is PARC needed? Six major threats to reptiles and amphibians:

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What is PARC?

…and why

should anyone care?

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the PARC Mission

“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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Why is PARC needed?

Six major threats to reptiles and amphibians:

Sick Tortoise (URTD)

Disease &

Parasites

Habitat Loss

Environmental

Pollution

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Why is PARC needed?

Invasive

species

Global Climate

Change

Unsustainable Use

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Who is PARC?

First PARC organizational meeting

• 170 organizations and agencies

Federal and state agencies Conservation organizationsMuseums, nature centersUniversities, research laboratoriesForest products industryPet trade industryEnvironmental consultants and contractors

• 200 individuals

• more than 1500 members by August 2001

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What makes PARC different?

Several amphibian groups (e.g., DAPTF, TADD, NAAMP, ACA) have been formed in response to reported amphibian declines—is PARC any different?

  • PARC includes all reptiles and amphibians.
  • PARC is habitat focused.
  • PARC includes state agencies and the private sector, particularly the timber industry, as well as specialists and non-specialists with an interest in herpetology.
  • PARC will focus not only on endangered and threatened species but will also work toward the objective of "keeping common native species common."
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What can PARC do?

Federalagencies

Industry

  • Information

NGO’s

  • Coordination

Stateagencies

Universities

  • Facilitation
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Information

PARC to develop new databasesexamples: Habitat Conservation Guidelines (HCG) for herps Herp studies on DOI lands State regulations for herps

PARC to develop educational resourcesexamples: PARC brochures and fliers PARC posters and slide presentation Wetlands information Habitat information

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"Snakes…we hatesnakes." This was the catchy quote used recently in a national advertising campaign. And snakes are not the only group of animals to suffer from such uninformed attitudes. Other reptiles (alligators, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, and the tuatara, in addition to snakes) and amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians) have also suffered from a broad range of human activities, due in part to the perception that snakes and frogs and their kin are either dangerous or of little conservation value.

Thanks to PARC website sponsors

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation(PARC)hopes to change all this, by promoting sound conservation and management of our native U. S. herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians), and also through educational efforts to raise public awareness about the conservation needs of reptiles and amphibians (also called "herps").

The mission of PARC is simple: To conserve amphibians,

Information—the PARC web site

PARC Web sitewww.parcplace.org

Includes:General Herp infoPARC Member infoDatabases Ongoing Research Monitoring Management Toxic pollutants Policy/RegulationEducation SPARC Fact Sheet DownloadsMessage BoardMeetingsJobs

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Coordination

  • What is being done, and what needs to be done?
  • Avoiding duplication of some efforts
  • Replicating other efforts (e.g., research)
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Facilitation

PARC will help bring people together

  • Examples:
  • Access to professionals
  • Herpetologist List
  • Speaker List
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PARC Priorities

  • Educate about herpetofauna and conservation
  • Establish habitat and ecology database
  • Standardize techniques
  • Create management database
  • Establish PARC fellowship program
  • Regional and Working Group priorities
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PARC Structure

Committees

Executive

Joint Steering

Steering

Working Groups

Regional

Midwest

Southeast

Southwest

Northeast

Northwest

International

Technical

Inventory and Monitoring

Policy, Regulation and Trade

Management

Research

Education and Outreach

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Northeast

Northwest

Midwest

Southwest

Southeast

PARC Structure

Regional Working Groups

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Working Group Objectives

for example, the objectives of theManagement Working Group are:

  • Prioritize herp checklist for conservation action
  • Compile literature file on herp management
  • Develop Habitat Conservation Guidelines (HCG)
  • Initiate through Regional Working Groups; synthesize as National PARC product
  • Make Web-searchable database accessible through PARC website
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What is PARC doing now?

  • Database of herp studies on DOI lands
  • Educational materials
  • Compiling management literature
  • HCG development for amphibians and reptiles
  • Providing information exchange among researchers and managers
  • Website maintenance
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What can YOU do?

  • Join PARC and share your concerns for herps
  • Help educate others and attend PARC meetings
  • Develop herp conservation plans and adopt good land management practices
  • Participate in monitoring programs and help collect and compile data
  • Contribute existing monitoring data
  • Identify a PARC priority project to carry out
  • Submit abstracts of current research projects
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To learn more about PARC

Visit:www.parcplace.orgE-mail: mailbox@parcplace.org