AFWA-endorsed PARC Products

The Association partners closely with Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (PARC), the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken for herpetofauna and their habitats.

Habitat Management Guidelines
In coordination with AFWA and state fish and wildlife agencies, PARC has published a series of regionally specific Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles (HMGs) over the past 10 years. Shortly, PARC plans to release an Inventory and Monitoring manual (I&M) and a white paper with criteria and implementation guidance for designating Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs).  

The Association has coordinated state-agency review of the HMGs. Four of the five in the series are complete covering the Northeastern, Southeastern, Midwestern U.S. and Northwestern U.S. and Western Canada and endorsed by each of the state agencies within the respective areas.

These guidelines have been used by several states in writing and updating their State Wildlife Action Plans, and for ongoing land management activities.

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Inventory & Monitoring

The Association has also facilitated the contributions and reviews among state wildlife agency herpetologists and biologists for PARC's upcoming Inventory and Monitoring manual.  This comprehensive manual will feature introductory to advanced information for people wanting to initiate short- or long-term monitoring programs for amphibians and reptiles, and provides additional resources for more detailed or in-depth endeavors. 

The I&M manual features a quick-reference table detailing Species by Techniques so that biologists and managers can quickly determine which methods may be appropriate for a given species. The manual is expected to be available in summer 2012.

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Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas

State agency personnel were directly involved, through PARC, in the development and pilot implementation of the Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) white paper. This product is being finalized and will be available in June 2012. 


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