AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE CONSERVANCY (ARC), INC.

The bedrock of the herp conservation community

aka AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE CONSERVANCY (ARC), INC.   |   Louisville, KY   |  arcprotects.org

Mission

ARC’s mission is the conservation of amphibians and reptiles and their habitats in the United States.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Joseph J. Apodaca PhD

Main address

6844 Bardstown Rd Ste 677

Louisville, KY 40291 USA

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EIN

37-1568787

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Amphibians and reptiles are essential to ecosystems, but they are declining faster, and are overall more threatened, than any other groups of vertebrate animals. As key components of food webs, their decline drastically affects other species. Humans benefit directly from amphibians and reptiles. They play a vital role in the biological pest control of both insects and rodents. Medicines derived from amphibians and reptiles are being used to treat many diseases. Amphibians and reptiles are also integral to the culture and religion of many societies. Perhaps most important, amphibians and reptiles are the modern-day “canaries in the coal mine.” Extremely sensitive to environmental changes, a decline in their populations is a warning that the health of an entire ecosystem is in danger. By doing what it takes to conserve amphibians and reptiles, we benefit all species in that ecological community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Conservation Projects

ARC goes to high-priority areas for amphibians and reptiles to improve their chances of survival. We study the populations of target species, formulate conservation plans, and implement conservation actions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of IUCN Red List species with habitats in areas affected by operations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation Projects

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Several IUCN species impacted by restoration efforts.

Number of conservation actions at site(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation Projects

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of projects showing an upward trend in the number of conservation actions at site

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation Projects

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation Projects

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of landowners/managers receiving direct compensation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Conservation of imperiled amphibians and reptiles in Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs). PARCAs are places with exceptional diversity of amphibians and reptiles, or with a significant presence of rare species, that are capable of supporting viable populations.

2. Conservation of imperiled amphibians and reptiles through a wide variety of targeted projects.

3. Have a nationwide impact on amphibian and reptile conservation through fiscal sponsorship of Partners in Amphibians and Reptile Conservation (PARC). PARC is the largest and most comprehensive effort in the U.S. to conserve amphibians and reptiles, including members and representatives from government agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations, and private industries

1. Implementation of Current and New PARCAs. Implementation includes creating conservation plans to address threats and manage targeted species and their habitats, and then taking action to carry out those plans. Actions may include monitoring and managing target species, managing their habitats, training landowners in conservation practices, etc.

1.b Continue studies and conservation initiatives for rare amphibian and reptile species in existing PARCAs. Monitor species’ response to conservation actions and adjust accordingly. Continue engagement with state and federal partners.

1.b Initiate implementation of 9 new PARCAs by December 2021. Focus on areas that combine the greatest conservation value, the most beneficial partners, and the best opportunities for funding.


2. Complete current

ARC has been in operation since 2007. Since then ARC has completed dozens of successful projects, and launched our premier PARCA, which has greatly improved the management of imperiled species and their habitats in Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina. That initiative, going strong since 2013, has demonstrated the effectiveness of the program and serves as a model for implementing additional PARCAs.

ARC’s senior staff has specialized expertise in herpetofauna conservation, especially PARCAs, and extensive experience in the management of multi-partner projects. Together with members of the Board, ARC has broad knowledge and deep roots in the amphibian and reptile conservation community. ARC’s special relationship with the national network of PARC provides exceptional access to the leading experts in herpetofauna conservation.

Past and current projects include wetlands restoration for imperiled amphibians, surveys and design of conservation plans for declining species, and educational materials and training workshops and landowners, habitat managers, and law enforcement. Future plans focus on the continuation and expansion of these conservation actions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    In general, anyone who cares about the environment, ecosystems, and the conservation of wildlife, including amphibians and reptiles. In particular, individuals and agencies responsible for the management of species and habitats, on both public and private lands, who have an impact on amphibian and reptile populations.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email, Ongoing communications with landowners and habitat managers where we conduct conservation projects.,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    By soliciting feedback we learned that an agency we serve would benefit from our taking a different approach to the work we've been doing with them. Consequently, we shifted our focus to better meet their priorities, while at the same time improving the conservation objectives of the project.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    By listening carefully to the individuals and agencies we serve, our relationships have become more collaborative. In particular, it enables us to better anticipate their needs and provide services that help them achieve their own objectives.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE CONSERVANCY (ARC), INC.

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sarah Owen

Jimmy Bullock

Whit Gibbons

Sue Lieberman

Marvin Moriarity

Priya Nanjappa

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/25/2022,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.