IMPORTANT NEWS: Parkwire has moved!

As of October 2, 2017, Parkwire has moved.  Read on for more information.



Dear Parkwire Readers,

Parkwire is the first—and as far as I know, still the only—online daily digest of global news about parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. I started it in 2010 when I was executive director of the George Wright Society. The idea was to give GWS members and other readers a one-stop shop for news and commentary about parks, protected areas, and cultural sites around the world. The editorial emphases are on resource and policy issues—reflecting the mission of the GWS.   

Between that beginning and the end of September 2017, I produced over 13,000 posts in Parkwire, as GWS executive director through April 2017 (at which time I stepped down from that position) and then as a contractor to GWS for the last few months.

Unfortunately, budgetary considerations compelled the GWS to discontinue its sponsorship of Parkwire at the end of September 2017. The hope is that GWS will be able to reinstate its sponsorship at some point. 

In the meantime, I am committed to keeping Parkwire going, on three platforms:

I invite you to continue following Parkwire.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks!

Dave Harmon,



About Parkwire


Parkwire is a news aggregator—I don't produce any original reporting. I select stories from my own newsfeed each weekday (and sometimes on weekends) based on my experience with the conservation of protected places, both nationally and internationally. Then I cut-and-paste the opening and post a link to the full story. In keeping with the GWS's (and my own) interdisciplinary philosophy, Parkwire covers both protected natural areas and cultural sites.

As noted above, the focus is on resource and policy issues as they affect parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. So, in general I do not cover stories such as injuries/deaths in parks, travel-related news (road closures etc.), or environmental news that does not relate directly to parks. I try to do 5–10 posts each day.

BR (bisophere reserve)
DOI (US Department of the Interior)
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
NOAA (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
NB (National Battlefield)
NHP (National Historical Park)
NHS (National Historic Site)
NMon (National Monument)
NMP (National Military Park)
NP (National Park)
NPres (National Preserve)
PA (protected area)
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)
USBLM (US Bureau of Land Management)
USFS (US Department of Agriculture–Forest Service)
USFWS (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
USNPS (US National Park Service)
WH (World Heritage)

I am happy to hear your suggestions or comments about Parkwire. Send me a note to the email address above.