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Parks Stewardship Forum

UC Berkeley

About Parks Stewardship Forum

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Parks Stewardship Forum delivers interdisciplinary information and problem-solving techniques across all topics relevant to the world’s parks, protected areas, cultural sites, and other forms of place-based conservation. The journal represents all areas of inquiry relevant to understanding and management of parks, protected areas, cultural sites, and other forms of place-based conservation, including but not limited to the natural sciences, cultural resources-related disciplines, social sciences, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Parks Stewardship Forum will include research and scholarship in all these areas, as well as in the areas of governance, management practice, and conservation theory and history.

The University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity advances science and solutions to halt climate change, conserve biodiversity, and improve the experience of nature for all. The Institute conducts new scientific research and helps managers and policymakers apply the results to conservation of ecosystems around the world, especially in national parks and other protected areas.

Public protection of land and water serves important roles for climate change resilience and carbon solutions, endangered species, tropical forests, health and well-being, education, thriving economies, Indigenous cultures, and environmental justice. For these critical issues and other emerging questions, the Institute connects field managers and government policymakers to the high-level interdisciplinary research capabilities of the University of California, Berkeley. Institute researchers also communicate science-based solutions to motivate public action and cultivate future conservation leaders. With new scientific insights, the Institute aims to advance meaningful progress for nature and people.

The George Wright Society advances the scientific and cultural resource values of parks, protected and conserved areas, and other forms of place-based conservation. The Society promotes researchand resource stewardship across disciplines; brings practitioners together to share their expertise; provides avenues of communication among scholars, researchers, educators, practitioners, and the public; and supports informed conservation decisions and management actions that embrace these values. By uniting people from many different backgrounds around a common passion for protecting Earth’s natural and cultural heritage, we create the collaboration needed to meet today’s greatest conservation challenges.