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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should anyone care?
“To conserve amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public/private partnerships.”
Six major threats to reptiles and amphibians:
Sick Tortoise (URTD)
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
Several amphibian groups (e.g., DAPTF, TADD, NAAMP, ACA) have been formed in response to reported amphibian declines—is PARC any different?
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
"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.
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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
PARC will help bring people together
Inventory and Monitoring
Policy, Regulation and Trade
Education and Outreach
Regional Working Groups
for example, the objectives of theManagement Working Group are: