Note: A minimum of 80% of all donations to campaigns in support of Goals #1 & 2 will go towards direct conservation action; 100% of all donations received for the campaign under Goal #3 will be applied to that goal.
Given acute threats such as habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation, ARC will launch campaigns to help restore, improve, or create new amphibian & reptile habitats and habitat components.
Acre for acre, healthy wetlands produce and support more biomass than nearly any other habitat type in North America. In addition to rare plants, migratory waterfowl and other, more well-known taxa, wetlands are essential to the life history of many herpetofaunal species. In particular, wetlands provide critically important breeding habitat for amphibians (frogs and salamanders). Whether ephemeral, semi-permanent or permanent, each type of wetland hosts its own unique assemblage of species, many of whom are partially or entirely dependent on a particular type of wetland to assure population sustainability and avoid extinctions.
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ARC recognizes the need to increase awareness, appreciation, and understanding of amphibians, reptiles and their habitats, which can enhance conservation actions and stewardship practices. Over the next five years, in cooperation with herpetofaunal conservation partners, ARC will build programs that provide training, applied conservation, and education opportunities for the public, resource managers, policy makers and scientists.
There is a critical need to train more specialists in herpetofaunal conservation issues, including habitat management and inventory and monitoring. Our training programs are intended to produce well-informed specialists in the fields of habitat restoration, habitat management, and inventory and monitoring. A more intensive "train the trainer" curriculum will also be developed to assure a continually expanding pool of qualified training specialists. In addition, advances in science and applied conservation are ongoing and it is imperative that the latest information is available to land managers, policy-makers and the public at large. Our applied conservation programs intend to foster dissemination of the latest science.
Our public conservation education programs will develop and/or disseminate, in cooperation with herpetofaunal conservation partners, popular educational messages targeting the general public. These messages will be both informative and entertaining and will be intended to raise public awareness and encourage biodiversity-friendly actions.
As part of our goal to train more herpetofaunal conservation specialists, we need to utilize the best instructors for these programs. To do so, ARC may need to charge modest registration fees; however keeping registration costs low allows us to reach the largest possible audience.
This campaign will also support the dissemination of applied science and the development of effective public conservation education messages.
As described in our 17 by 17 Wetland Restoration and Creation Campaign, ARC will use wetlands projects as training opportunities for interested and qualified scientists and resource managers. Our intent is to build a continually expanding network of qualified wetland restoration specialists and trainers. These trainings will require additional resources above the wetlands projects themselves.
Based on the success of PARC's Habitat Management Training Module and its regionally-based Habitat Management Guidelines book series, ARC will coordinate and host trainings across North America, resulting in the development of habitat management specialists and trainers.
Adapted from PARC's highly successful Inventory and Monitoring Training Module, and PARC's Inventory and Monitoring Guide, ARC will coordinate and host trainings across North America, resulting in the development of inventory and monitoring specialists and trainers.
Each year, cutting edge information for managing amphibian and reptile populations and habitats emerges from the applied conservation and science community but often goes unnoticed outside of academia. ARC will promote these types of compelling research projects in venues where scientists can come together with land managers to exchange information. The Support Our Scientists (SOS) Program will help facilitate opportunities for scientists to present their work at applied conservation meetings or symposia by offsetting travel, registration and/or honorarium costs.
In cooperation with herpetofaunal conservation partners and educators, ARC will develop and/or disseminate conservation messages for the general public via a variety of mediums, including web-based articles and videos as well as live events such as eco-tours and trainings for residential and agricultural landowners.
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Since 2009, ARC has been providing support services for herpetofaunal conservation efforts for a number of partners, benefitting amphibians and reptiles worldwide. We will continue to manage grants and funds for the amphibian and reptile conservation community as a principal component of our mission. See our Accomplishments to date.
It is important to note, however, that at this time ARC is not a grant-making entity, and we do not accept any unsolicited proposals requesting funds. Rather, we help amphibian and reptile conservation groups and partnership organizations without brick-and-mortar headquarters to store and distribute their own funds, and we assist in the management of their grants.
HOPS (Herpetofaunal Organization Partner Support) Campaign
To minimize administrative overhead charges for support services, and thus to assure that the maximum amount of funding is available for direct conservation actions, ARC will build an operating endowment that will help cover our annual costs.
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