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GWS2015 is almost here! The George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites is coming to the Bay Area! Plan now to join us in Oakland, California, the week of March 29–April 3, 2015, for "Engagement, Education, and Expectations: The Future of Parks and Protected Areas." Our biennial conference is all about reflection, reconnection, and renewal — a week of stimulating discussion about leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values. GWS2015 is your place to engage with colleagues who share your commitment to excellence ... to educate yourself about the latest trends and ideas ... to raise expectations for yourself and your career! Find out more
(POSTED March 16, 2015) — Can't make it to Oakland? Join us for a live-stream of the first two plenary sessions! Find out more
Sample the current issue of our journal, The George Wright Forum
Volume 31, no. 3 • December 2014
The National Park Service Centennial Essay Series: Moving to the third era of natural resource management
Ecologist Nathan L. Stephenson has spent his career thoughtfully examining the course of natural resource management in the National Park Service. In the newest Centennial Essay, he argues that the agency is on the cusp of entirely new approach — if only it can get past "the tyranny of the urgent." Read the essay
Now available! The GWS2013 Conference Proceedings
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Check out these recent publications by GWS members:
Expanding Horizons • Large Landscape Network
Summary of a pathbreaking national workshop
Scaling Up: Collaborative Approaches to Large Landscape Management
Collection of stories highlighting the "Scaling Up" goal of the NPS "Call to Action"
Keeping it Wild in the National Park Service • USNPS Wilderness Program
User guide to including wilderness character in management
Wilderness Stewardship Plan Handbook • USNPS Wilderness Program
How-to guide to creating wilderness stewardship plans
Philanthropy and the National Park Service • Jacqueline Vaughn
Historical view of NPS funding partnerships
What's your passion?
At the GWS, our passion is protected areas: the special places—natural areas and cultural sites alike—that are being safeguarded for perpetuity by people like you all over the world. We are dedicated to building the knowledge needed to protect, manage, and understand protected areas around the globe. The GWS is the one organization whose sole focus is on the scientific and heritage values of parks and other kinds of protected areas, from the largest wilderness area to the smallest historic site. Are these your core values too? Then help us make them a reality!