Program Background

Over the past 35 years, IRC has developed four key program areas designed to prevent regional extinctions of rare plants, animals and ecosystems and to improve conservation and restoration projects on the ground. Central to this work is a belief that people can work with nature to restore ecosystems and a healthy sense of place. In fact, we believe our future depends on it.

Our programs are designed to accomplish conservation in the real world. They are based on the following methods:

  • collect baseline scientific data
  • assess conservation needs, plan and provide technical support for conservation
  • design and implement ecological restoration projects and long-term management programs
  • monitor the effects of conservation projects on rare species and ecosystems and assess needs for adaptive management
  • provide public education and publish the results of our work online and in technical and popular journals
  • nurture a community of supporters to help us achieve our mission

Our four key program areas are: developing regional conservation models to advise and direct conservation strategies by diverse actors across broad regions; applied conservation science for researchers and land managers; ecological restoration and management; and, engaging with local communities to bring this work to fruition in the context of sustainability. This work is especially important in regions of the world where rapid fragmentation of habitats has been experienced, or is expected. If you are interested in developing collaborative programs with IRC in your area please contact us after exploring our program content through the links below.

Key IRC Programs:

Regional Conservation Models

Applied Conservation Science

Ecological Restoration and Management

Education and Outreach