Overview

Parks Stewardship Forum, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Place-Based Conservation (PSF) serves the global stewards of parks, protected areas, cultural sites, and other forms of place-based conservation—the people at the forefront of conserving the special places most crucial to safeguarding the world’s cultural and natural heritage. PSF is published in partnership between the University of California Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity (IPPB) and the George Wright Society (GWS). It is an open-access publication, available on-line for free. It continues The George Wright Forum, published 1981–2018 by the GWS.

Parks Stewardship Forum delivers interdisciplinary information and problem-solving techniques across all topics relevant to the world’s parks, protected areas, cultural sites, and other forms of place-based conservation. The journal represents all areas of inquiry relevant to these aims, including but not limited to the natural sciences, cultural resources-related disciplines, social sciences, and interdisciplinary perspectives. PSF includes research and scholarship in all these areas, as well as in the areas of governance, management practice, and conservation theory and history.

Like its predecessor, PSF explores innovative thinking and offers enduring perspectives on critical issues across the whole spectrum of place-based heritage management and stewardship. It is the only professional conservation journal with an interdisciplinary focus, publishing insights from all fields related to parks, protected areas, cultural sites, and other forms of place-based conservation.

The Forum recognizes that parks and public lands play an increasingly important role in broader issues such as climate adaptation, public health, education, jobs, Indigenous sovereignty, and environmental justice, among others. PSF will feature younger and more diverse voices, both for their own sake and in service of helping prepare the next generation of conservation leaders.

The George Wright Society

The George Wright Society champions stewardship of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites by connecting people, places, knowledge, and ideas. It is the only place-based conservation organization that is designed to be interdisciplinary from the ground up. By uniting people from many different backgrounds around a common passion for protecting Earth’s natural and cultural heritage, they create the collaboration needed to meet today’s greatest conservation challenges. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded over 35 years ago to promote professional research and resource stewardship.

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