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Parkwire: What’s it about? How is it edited?

Updated: Oct 10, 2017

I started Parkwire in 2010 when I was executive director of the George Wright Society. The idea was to give GWS members and other readers a one-stop shop for news and commentary about parks, protected areas, and cultural sites around the world. The editorial emphases are on resource and policy issues—reflecting the mission of the GWS.


Between that beginning and the end of September 2017, I produced over 13,000 posts in Parkwire, as executive director through April 2017 and then as a contractor to GWS for the last few months. GWS had to discontinue its sponsorship of Parkwire at the end of September 2017, but the hope is that GWS will be able to reinstate its sponsorship at some point.


In the meantime, I am committed to keeping Parkwire going, on three platforms:

• Here, my personal website: https://www.davidharmon.us/parkwire

• On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/parkwire.news.digest/

• On Twitter @ParkwireNews, https://twitter.com/ParkwireNews


Parkwire is a news aggregator—I don't produce any original reporting. I select stories from my own newsfeed each weekday (and sometimes on weekends) based on my experience with the conservation of protected places, both nationally and internationally. Then I cut-and-paste the opening and post a link to the full story. In keeping with the GWS's (and my own) interdisciplinary philosophy, Parkwire covers both protected natural areas and cultural sites.


As noted above, the focus is on resource and policy issues as they affect parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. So, in general I do not cover stories such as injuries/deaths in parks, travel-related news (road closures etc.), or environmental news that does not relate directly to parks. I try to do 5–10 posts each days.


HEADLINE ABBREVIATIONS I COMMONLY USE:

BR (bisophere reserve)

DOI (US Department of the Interior)

ESA (Endangered Species Act [US])

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

MPA (marine protected area)

NOAA (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

NB (National Battlefield)

NHL (National Historic Landmark)

NHP (National Historical Park)

NHS (National Historic Site)

NL (National Lakeshore)

NMon (National Monument)

NMP (National Military Park)

NP (National Park)

NPres (National Preserve)

NS (National Seashore)

PA (protected area)

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)

USBLM (US Bureau of Land Management)

USFS (US Department of Agriculture–Forest Service)

USFWS (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

USNPS (US National Park Service)

WH (World Heritage)


I am happy to hear your suggestions or comments about Parkwire. Send me a note to the email address below.


Dave Harmon

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