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Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs)

Amphibians and reptiles are experiencing threats throughout North America due to habitat loss and other factors. To help conserve these species, this project will identify Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) that are most vital in sustaining amphibian and reptile populations, taking into account potential future climatic conditions.

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Model criteria and implementation guidance for a Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Area (PARCA) system in the USA

Dataset available on Data Basin: Indicator: Forested Wetlands - Forested Wetland Amphibians

A similar project was also funded by the South Atlantic LCC to develop PARCAs within that geography.

Technical description

Objective 1, identification of PARCAs will proceed by collecting natural history information, distributional data, and by weighing expert opinion for key species. Objectives 2- 3 will rely on collection of known locality data and the use of inductive species distribution modeling. Collectively, this process will represent the assembling and processing of all necessary information for identifying PARCAs. These approaches will offer a long-term assessment of resiliency of PARCAs identified with respect to those that may provide refugia as the climate changes.

Project Contact(s):

, Project Coordinator at Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

LCC Staff Contact(s):

Scott Schwenk, Science Coordinator

Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs)
Resource Type: Amphibians, Reptiles
Conservation Targets: Terrestrial and non-tidal wetland
Conservation Framework: Biological Planning, Assumption-based Research
Conservation Action: Site/area management, Species management