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Dedicated to the preservation and management of parks, protected areas and cultural sites. 
By connecting knowledge and management, we support leaders on the frontlines of conservation.





The George Wright Society (GWS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote professional research and resource stewardship. As a bridge between scholarly knowledge and management, the GWS brings together hundreds of leaders across disciplines in natural and cultural resource management. With members in all 50 U.S. states and numerous countries around the world, the GWS unites a community of resource managers and park staff, researchers, professors, emerging leaders, educators, government agencies, Indigenous peoples, nonprofits, and park enthusiasts. 


Through impactful events and trainings, publications, communication platforms and student summits, the George Wright Society connects community with conservation.  

The George Wright Society is dedicated to building the knowledge needed to protect, manage, and understand

parks, protected areas and cultural sites around the globe. 

Just published! The inaugural issue of

Parks Stewardship Forum

The Interdisciplinary Journal

of Place-Based Conservation

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GWS is co-organizing two important training workshops in the first half of 2020: “Fire Management 24/7/365,” focused on reducing wildfire risk California, and UNESCOkarst 2020, “Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources,” an international event. For more information, click the logos above.

Today’s Top Parkwire Story

22 January 2020

England | Protesters take to treehouses to stop plans to cut down forest for high-speed rail line


COLNE VALLEY, England (Reuters) - Protesters reinforced makeshift tree-houses in a woodland canopy outside London on Wednesday in anticipation of a fresh attempt by contractors to fell thousands of trees to make way for a planned high-speed rail link.


The fight to preserve woods and wetlands in the Colne Valley has emerged as a flashpoint in a wider campaign against the HS2 railway project, which participants see as emblematic of growing global concern over vanishing ecosystems.



George Meléndez Wright was born in San Francisco, CA and in 1930 became the first chief of the wildlife division of the U.S. National Park Service. Under his vision and leadership, each park started to survey and evaluate the status of wildlife and to identify urgent problems. As one of the first and only latino staff for the Park Service, he was a true pioneer in celebrating diversity and working together across disciplines for our wildlife and wild places. 

The George Wright Society was founded in 1980 in his honor, to continue the legacy of forward thinking and applied solutions in an ever changing environment.