The GWS Biennial Conferences on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites


Sharing Advances in Protected Area Research and Resource Management

Every two years, The George Wright Society organizes and is the primary sponsor of the USA’s premier interdisciplinary conference on protected areas. By “protected areas,” we mean a broad array of places—both “cultural” and “natural”—managed by different entities: parks at all levels; historic and cultural sites; research areas and designated wilderness within national and state forests, grasslands, wildlife refuges, and other public lands; tribal reserves; marine, estuarine, freshwater, and other aquatic sanctuaries; private land-trust reserves; and similarly designated areas.

The GWS is unique among professional organizations because it encourages dialogue and information exchange among all the people needed for protected area conservation, from historians to biologists, managers to researchers, public agencies to private organizations, academics to field personnel. The conference reflects this cross-cutting approach. We host professionals from many fields of cultural and natural resource conservation for a stimulating week of discussion. The GWS conference brings people together to share problems and information, hear new perspectives, and contemplate critical questions about the future of protected areas.