Dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna.

The Mission of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation:

"To conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public-private partnerships.”

Habitat Management Guidelines


Habitat Management Guidelines


Cover_MWHMGHabitat alteration, fragmentation and loss are collectively considered to be the primary challenge in the conservation of amphibians and reptiles (i.e., herpetofauna). With herpetofaunal populations declining, and human populations expanding and using more land, PARC has developed a series of regionally specific best management practices, or Habitat Management Guidelines (HMGs) to provide proactive guidance for improving the compatibility of land management practices with these animals.

These guidelines are not regulations, nor are they in any way an attempt to limit landowners' rights. They should simply be regarded as recommendations for landowners and managers to consider the needs of amphibians and reptiles in the course of their management activities. The HMGs are directed towards resource managers and private landowners who have a desire to help protect amphibians and reptiles. If many landowners and land managers each implement some of these guidelines, then the cumulative effect can only be a positive one.


These guidelines:

  • use the best science available
  • are easily understood by and practical for land managers and private landowners
  • present measures to help maximize compatibility with existing management objectives, or to optimize management actions specifically for herpetofauna
  • provide guidance on the management and restoration of habitats such that amphibians, reptiles, and many other wildlife species may benefit

We have not created a guidebook that describes the needs of every species of amphibian and reptile. Instead, we provide regionally-specific guidelines for managing habitats with the goals of keeping common species common, stemming the decline of imperiled species, and reduce the likelihood of species becoming listed as threatened or endangered.


See below for information on each of the regional Habitat Management Guidelines. In addition, pre-orders are being accepted for the Southwest guide.


  • Southeast: The Southeast Habitat Management Guidelines book is now available as an electronic PDF for FREE download via Hard copies of the SE HMG are no longer available, although some limited numbers may be available at regional SE PARC meetings.
  • pubs-HMG-thumb2Northeast: Hard copies of the Northeast Habitat Management Guidelines are available at Northeast PARC regional meetings.
  • Northwest: Hard copies of the Northwest Habitat Management Guidelines are available at Northwest PARC regional meetings.
  • Midwest: Hard copies of the Midwest Habitat Management Guidelines are available at Midwest PARC regional meetings.
  • Southwest: The Southwest Habitat Management Guidelines have been drafted and will be available soon. To pre-order hard copies of this guide for $10 each, please contact Priya Nanjappa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For general inquiries about PARC's Habitat Management Guidelines, please contact Priya Nanjappa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Who is PARC?

Our membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants.