Habitat Management Guidelines

The following resources have been made available through the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC).

Habitat alteration, fragmentation and loss are collectively considered to be the primary challenge in the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. With their populations in decline, PARC has developed a series of regionally specific best management practices, or Habitat Management Guidelines, to provide proactive guidance for improving the compatibility of land management practices with these animals. The manuals provide a two-pronged approach: 

  • Ideal - when amphibian and reptile conservation is the primary land management objective 
  • Maximizing Compatibility - when land managers are managing for others uses, such as timber production, agriculture, etc., but want to contribute to amphibian and reptile conservation

Here is the link to the PDF version of Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Northeastern United States. You can order a free hard copy (but pay for shipping) by contacting Andrea Chaloux at andrea.chaloux@dec.ny.gov.

Another available resource is Inventory and Monitoring: Recommended Techniques for Reptiles and Amphibians with Application to the United States and Canada. It contains a useful species x technique table listing all U.S. and Canadian amphibian and reptile species.

The State of the Union document details the laws, regulations, policies, etc. for native amphibians and reptiles in the United States. The information is broken out by state and was last updated in 2011.

Here is the link to the Northeast PARC Chapter website. You can join NE PARC (membership is free) to stay up to date about emerging amphibian and reptile conservation news and other information.