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Our Story

Mission: The George Wright Society promotes protected area stewardship by bringing practitioners together to share their expertise.

Origins: Founded in 1980, the George Wright Society was established in honor of George Melendez Wright -- a pioneer in wilderness conservation who was born in San Francisco, CA. In 1930, he went on to become the U.S. National Park Service's first chief of the wildlife division. Under his leadership, each park started to survey and evaluate the status of wildlife to identify urgent problems. Building upon his legacy, we work on behalf of the scientific and heritage values of protected areas to ignite a shared sense of purpose to protect our natural and cultural resources.


Our Goal: The George Wright Society strives to be the premier organization connecting people, places and knowledge to foster innovative solutions in conservation. We are an interdisciplinary network of researchers, managers, Indigenous peoples, educators, students and various other dedicated professionals.

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