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Photos courtesy of the US National Park Service, The Lloyd Family, Cody Skyler, Teresa Baker, and Morgan Heim 

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 February 2020

Canada | Expanded PA part of First Nations–government agreement to bolster caribou protections in BC


The Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations have partnered with the federal and provincial government to protect southern mountain caribou in northeastern B.C. in a historic agreement Friday.


The southern mountain caribou used to roam the mountainous terrain of the Peace River Region in the thousands and thousands, but the caribou population has declined significantly over the past century.



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.