Just over 700 people gathered in Oakland for the 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites. It was a week of stimulating discussion about leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values. We thank everyone who attended, and if you didn't, we invite you to find out what these biennial meetings are all about by exploring the GWS2015 website. Find out more
You can now view videos from the three plenary sessions on the GWS YouTube channel.
Sample the current issue of our journal, The George Wright Forum
Volume 32, no. 2 • September 2015
The National Park Service Centennial Essay Series: NPS should let some parks be run under a franchise
The National Park Service is woefully underfunded, and a fractious Congress is unlikely to fix that. Economist Holly Fretwell's solution? Let the agency create a franchise under which some parks could be run by private concerns. Read the essay
Check out these recent publications by GWS members:
Parks Canada Aboriginal engagement guide
The Land is Our Teacher
Celebration of collaboration between Aboriginal peoples and Parks Canada
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!