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This WikiProject aims primarily to provide information on all protected areas (abbreviated on this page as PAs) in the world.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)[1] defines a protected area as:

"An area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means."

National parks are probably the best-known PAs, but there are many other categories. Protected areas are those which a higher level governmental entity manages, maintains and or oversees directly. For instance in the United States, this would include primarily federal and to a lesser degree, state managed areas, but rarely those managed by a county or city.

Sub projectsEdit

Open tasksEdit

Below are some suggested open tasks for Wikipedians looking to contribute.

See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Protected Areas/Status



There shall be a List of Conservation topics which lists the various topics on conservation. (This probably does not belong here...)

There shall be four article levels in this WikiProject:

  • Level 1: An article called "Protected area" shall discuss PAs in general, as opposed to any particular PA. Since a PA is almost always associated with one country, it will provide an alphabetical list (with links) of countries that have PAs. An extra item "International Protected Areas" will be added to the list for PAs that are shared by two or more countries.
  • Level 2: These articles shall discuss a particular country's PAs in general. It shall have an alphabetical list of PA types (such as National Park, Wildlife Sanctuary, ... / no links) which exist in that country, followed by a description. For each type (or combination of types) the existing PAs will be listed alphabetically (with links). For a PA that lies in a dependent territory of that country a mention shall be made of that territory.
  • Level 3: In countries where all or part of the PAs are not managed on a country level the level 2 articles will contain an alphabetical list of the states/provinces/... (with links) that manage the PAs. The links to which they point shall be the level 3 articles. They shall have the same structure as the level 2 articles.
  • Level 4: These shall be the actual PA articles.


Formatting of the level 1 article (Protected area)Edit

  • A general description;
  • A list of countries that have PAs (with links in the "Protected areas of X" format);
  • A link to the page "International protected areas".

Formatting of level 2 articlesEdit

  • A general description;
  • A list of PA types with a short explanation;
  • A list of PA's per PA type;
  • A list of states/provinces/... for PA' which are managed on that level (with links in the "Protected areas of X" format).
  • A link to the level 1 article and (an) external link(s), if available.

For test articles see: Protected areas of Australia, Protected areas of the United States

Formatting of level 3 articlesEdit

  • A general description;
  • A list of PA types with a short explanation (if that explanation differs from the explanation given on country level);
  • A list of PA's per PA type.
  • A link to the corresponding level 2 article and (an) external link(s), if available.

For a test article see: Protected areas of the Australian Capital Territory

Formatting of level 4 articlesEdit

  • A description. This should contain the PAs location ([state/province/...] (where applicable), [country name], [distance and direction from (a) major or well known city/cities], [date established], [area size], and its main features/points of interest. If available, one or more photos can be included;
  • A template containing:
    • The PA's name;
    • IUCN Category;
    • A map locator;
    • Its location ([state/province/...], country);
    • The nearest major or well known city;
    • The PA's area (km², if acres, provide km² in parenthesis); Use {{Convert}}.
    • Its latitude and longitude (major feature, main visitor center if within PA, or center);
    • The date of establishment;
    • The yearly visitation (and year the number is from) if available
    • The governing body/bodies;
  • A link to the corresponding level 3 article and (an) external link(s), if available.

Note: depending on the IUCN category a different colour background is used.

For test articles see: Bob Marshall Wilderness
Yellowstone National Park


  • Disambiguation pages are probably the best solution if there are PAs of the same type and with the same name in different countries/states/provinces/etc. Example: Glacier National Park

Protected areas infoboxEdit

  • Infobox, showing the Infobox template, use practices and explanations.

Project messagesEdit

Wikiproject messageEdit

{{WikiProject Protected areas}} can be added to talk pages. It gives this:

WikiProject Protected areas (Rated Project-class)
 This page is part of WikiProject Protected areas, a WikiProject related to national parks and other protected natural or ecological areas worldwide.
  Project  This article has been rated as Project-Class on the project's quality scale.

This template adds articles to Category:Articles of WikiProject Protected areas.

Protected-area StubEdit

You may use {{Protected-area-stub}} for any protected area stubs that you write or come across. This will automatically populate the article in the Category:Protected area stubs category.

NPS StubEdit

Another stub, for use in National Park Service articles: {{US-NationalParkService-stub}}.


In May 2008 there were 3,192 articles associated with this wikiproject, by checking category. The number of articles tagged as in the scope of the WikiProject passed 7,000 in July 2011, 10,000 in July 2012, and 16,000 in April 2017.

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New articlesEdit

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  • Matt Merrifield - I would love to figure out how to link these pages to the World Database of Protected Areas
  • Guy
  • Ram-Man
  • D.D.
  • mav (working on U.S. national parks and monuments; so far have brought several to FA status)
  • Tiles
  • Tannin (more a well-wisher than a participant as my plate is too full, but perhaps one day)
  • Walt Pohl
  • Rmhermen 16:28, Oct 16, 2004 (UTC)
  • Claude Muncey
  • Viriditas
  • Eric Polk
  • Chase I
  • Mr. Endo
  • Brz7
  • Diceman 18:10, 17 September 2005 (UTC) I've started adding tables to the Australian Parks, so that would make me a participant.
  • Eoghanacht, 2005 Sep 28. Am using the template on various sites in the U.S.
  • Ravedave 07:18, 2 October 2005 (UTC) - Heck yeah! Just stumbled on this. Working on Minnesota parks. I'll start adding the template.
  • hike395: I've been gradually working on U.S. wilderness areas
  • Nationalparks: Mostly dealing with US National Park Service sites.
  • Walter Siegmund: Editing and adding template to areas in Washington, Oregon and California, primarily.
  • Jcw69 - African input
  • Banes - More African input.
  • BenjaminTexas state parks
  • --Aude - As a cartographer, I'm willing to help with maps, and work on U.S. National Historic Sites, as well as Canadian National Parks that woefully lack any standard.
  • Darwinek - I can help too. Currently adding infoboxes to some National Parks and adding WikiProject messagebox to talk pages.
  • Ghirlandajo - I added the project notice to articles on Nature reserves in Russia
  • Daniel Case – Will do the wilderness areas (and possibly wild forests) in New York State's Catskill Park and possibly some in the Adirondack Park, too.
  • CuBiXcRaYfIsH Willing to do anything related to US National Parks, currently planning an update to the National Park Service Article. I can do whatever just need some guidance
  • Antandrus (talk) - Worked on some in California; also happy to contribute pictures to places I've been.
  • User:Cgoodwin (talk) - NSW, in particular the Northern Tablelands
  • Matilda 21:24, 6 January 2006 (UTC) Australian, in particular south-eastern New South Wales and the ACT
  • James Neill - Australian, SE NSW and the ACT.
  • ΜιĿ - could help with some maps and stuff
  • Mostlyharmless 01:33, 20 January 2006 (UTC) will try and work on New Zealand's protected areas (approx 25% land area, 1.5% of seas)
  • Dwmartin- working on PA's in Missouri, specifically USFS and USFWS areas
  • youngamerican (talk) - I have been working on getting the various articles related to the Monongahela National Forest up to snuff.
  • Rmwarnick 05:08, 28 February 2006 (UTC) - I am working on Utah wilderness areas and related articles
  • Kyoko 21:52, 3 March 2006 (UTC) - I hope to contribute from time to time.
  • ClarkBHM 19:15, 16 March 2006 (UTC) - I had already started on several National Wildlife Refuges before discovering the project. I'm happy to contribute.
  • Mysid 11:01, 22 March 2006 (UTC) – Working mostly on the Finnish national park and wilderness area articles by translating from fi-wiki and browsing maps. I've also made a locator map for them.
  • ScottyBoy900Q 00:52, 15 April 2006 (UTC). I contribute a lot of pictures so I'll be working in that area mostly. I'm a historic preservation graduate student and am often monitoring these pages anyway.
  • False Prophet Will help the BWCA article
  • Sam67fr 16:59, 6 May 2006 (UTC) I hope I will help with some pictures
  • PDXblazers - Will fix what I can on US National Park and Monument Articles.
  • Nebular110 - Will mostly work on U.S. Monuments and Historic sites.
  • Skookum1 - Canada sites/areas (mostly BC and stubs for items in Western Canada and North; not familiar with the East or US so much).
  • the dharma bum - I'll do what I can!
  • SP-KP 21:58, 26 July 2006 (UTC) bashing away at Britain's 5000+ Sites of Special Scientific Interest SP-KP 21:58, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
  • Ruhrfisch 01:31, 29 July 2006 (UTC) Working on State Forests and State Parks in Pennsylvania so far
  • Peter Campbell Talk! 01:17, 31 July 2006 (UTC) I will work on some Australian parks and reserves
  • GrandTeton
  • Mosamiazaz 00:01, 9 August 2006 (UTC) - I have lots of my own photos of US NPS sites
  • Bláthnaid 17:44, 13 August 2006 (UTC) Working on African national parks at the moment.
  • Nzovu 20:02, 17 August 2006 (UTC) - Will put in some work (and photos) on PAs in Southeast Asia and Africa as required
  • Ryeguy 04:04, 25 August 2006 (UTC) - Will focus on NPS and NPS units.
  • Qyd (talk · contribs) - Work on Canadian parks and Alberta parks, mostly stub to start, some mapping.
  • Leeannedy 13:03, 29 October 2006 (UTC) - Recently completed major expansion of Russell Cave National Monument, will focus on areas in Southeastern United States, can assist with translation from German (if needed)
  • Suicidalhamster 04:20, 26 November 2006 (UTC) - Working on SSSIs in Britain.
  • McGhiever - Working on state parks in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Scorpion0422 - Will work on many Ontario Provincial Parks.
  • ForrestCroce 04:42, 14 December 2006 (UTC) - Working on western US wilderness areas; photographer
  • Hdt83 Talk/Chat 19 January 2007
  • Amartyabag (Talk) 10:53, 22 January 2007 (UTC) - India related also created Wikipedia: WikiProject Protected areas of India
  • Dincher - Pennsylvania State Parks and other places in Pennsylvania, also state parks in North Carolina and Delaware
  • Pedronj87
  • PatricknoddyTALK (reply here)|HISTORY 00:26, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Altosax456 18:36, 15 April 2007 (UTC) working on ohio state parks
  • Padraic - worked in Ontario Parks for 4 summers, will be working on those articles primarily.
  • 1013-andy 04:27, 27 April 2007 (UTC) - Expanded a stub on Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge; I also live near a park myself... go there often.
  • Ari Epstein - Work on Adirondack Park and other protected areas in New York
  • Svetovid 16:40, 29 May 2007 (UTC) -I've worked on all 9 National Parks of Slovakia and will work on all landscape protected areas (second in importance) + other protected areas in Slovakia.
  • -- Sander Säde 16:00, 3 October 2007 (UTC) -- Working on National Parks and Nature Reserves of Estonia.
  • Havelok 18:27, 10 October 2007 (UTC) - I hope to work on wildlife reserves and protected areas. This is about the most rewarding and relaxing work I can see anyone doing here on this chaotic encyclopedia.
  • --Moni3 20:53, 30 October 2007 (UTC)Moni3 Just yesterday I visited Everglades NP and had one of the best days ever, but to find its article a mere fraction of the quality it should be. That tears it. It's on my list of things to improve now.
  • Kaly99 (talk) 19:23, 10 January 2008 (UTC) working on protected areas in Sierra Leone.
  • User:Marcia Wright Working on wilderness areas and national forests in California. 10:09, 7 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Justin Morris Working on maps in Utah.
  • Richard New Forest (talk) 14:15, 11 April 2008 (UTC) SSSIs and international conservation designations in United Kingdom (former NCC and EN officer).
  • Doncram doncram (talk) 02:28, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
  •  Barkjo 02:30, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Bruceanthro (talk) 13:11, 3 May 2008 (UTC) - interested in cultural heritage listed, indigenous co-managed, and/or private protected areas, especially in Queensland, Australia.
  • Magnetawan
  • LeheckaG (talk) 21:53, 20 June 2008 (UTC) South-Eastern Alaska, Northern Ohio, and South-Western Massachusetts
  • ♦Blofeld of SPECTRE♦ $1,000,000? 18:07, 22 June 2008 (UTC) - Mostly African and South American national parks and reserves
  • Acroterion (talk) 01:24, 20 August 2008 (UTC) US and Canadian national parks and forests
  • Igloo321 (talk) 22:06, 21 September 2008 (UTC) working on Japanese national parks
  • Awickert (talk) 15:36, 22 December 2008 (UTC) State and national parks and forests, primarily in Minnesota, USA, and in other areas where I've worked
  • WikiCamper (talk) 03:57, 17 January 2009 (UTC) Full time travelers. We visit and stay in many state and national parks. I will add content wherever I can.
  • droll [chat] 23:48, 10 March 2009 (UTC) Primarily interested in cleanup and template improvement. I have already worked on improving a number of articles.
  • prashanthns (talk) 09:34, 21 March 2009 (UTC) Improving stubs and creating articles on lesser known PAs. Improving flora/fauna on existing PA articles. Have already been doing it, but adding name now.
  • MED usgswrd (talk) Worked in Glacier National Park and have visited MANY others!!! As a geologist and environmentalist, I will QA/QC the geologic and hydrologic descriptions of NPS WP sites (when I have time).--Michael E. Degnan, Jr. 23:39, 19 April 2009 (UTC)
  • Alexikoua working on regions in Greece (talk) 05:37, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Rosiestep (talk) 17:28, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Reywas92Talk
  • Elekhh (talk) 00:32, 1 December 2009 (UTC) - I contributed to many PA articles: particularly Indonesian NPs and Ramsar sites wordlwide. Happy to discover this large wiki project group!
  • The Bushranger (talk) 22:05, 30 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Qfl247 (talk) 14:19, 3 May 2010 (UTC), geologist who lives in Utah and wishes this was at least a National Monument...
  • Jimmy Pitt talk 21:36, 16 September 2010 (UTC) PAs mainly in County Durham, England
  • Genevieve2 - I will Work on Québec Parks and other protected areas in Montreal, Canada.
  • Arjuno (talk 16:48, 19 January 2011 (UTC) - Protected areas Central America.
  • Smallchief (talk) 00:17, 5 March 2011 (UTC) I'm doing articles and editing on protected areas in the American Great Plains and Southwest.
  • Sparkgap (talk) 20:35, 5 July 2011 (UTC) I'm primarily interested in Protected Areas of North Carolina and NC State Parks, and I've been working on them when I can.
  • Theking17825 23:47, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Tea with toast (話) 17:16, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Jowaninpensans (talk) 19:19, 6 August 2011 (UTC) Protected areas of Cornwall, UK
  • tblack93 Talk · Contributions · Uploads 05:57, 22 January 2012 (UTC) (Primarily interested in writing about protected areas of Scotland)
  • Nicu Farcas (talk) 07:38, 8 June 2012 (UTC) (Protected areas of Romania)
  • Fredlyfish4 (talk) 00:12, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Wilbysuffolk (Talk to me!) 18:47, 4 September 2012 (UTC) - Mainly various wildlife trust reserves.
  • NorthBySouthBaranof (talk) 06:33, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Padraig Singal | 03:14, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
  • The Interior (Talk) 08:17, 12 May 2013 (UTC) Mostly working on Canadian national and provincial parks.
  • Wackybadger (talk) 04:01, 1 December 2013 (UTC)Wackybadger Mostly working on the State of Wisconsin, specifically its State Natural Areas program.
  • Aarongunnar (talk) 04:21, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
  • fredsteve3 (talk) 21:34, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
  • siphonophora (talk) 08:17, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Fluous (talk) 01:27, 12 January 2015 (UTC) Mostly in Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • JodyB talk 14:04, 18 February 2015 (UTC) protected waterways, lakes and woodlands around the Alabama Gulf Coast
  • Glacier2009
  • cowdy001 Interested in protected areas within South Australia as well as aspects of the (Australian) National Reserve System
  • JackTheVicar - interested in improving coverage of state and federal parks in New Jersey; revised List of New Jersey state parks and aim to improve them one by one.
  • Ethelred unraed
  • Antepenultimate (talk) 13:07, 27 November 2015
  • User:Kendall Shackelford 11:59, 21 March (UTC) (UTC) - Mostly working on New York state parks and other protected areas.
  • Sauer kraut 17:56, 17 August 2016 - Stoked to be here to help!
  • Cynthisa (talk) 12:32, 3 August 2017 - Hope to find time to add to this. Worked on protected land preservation in Riverside County, CA. Have lots of details & pix.
  • A Guy into Books (talk) 20:42, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
  • [[Bruin2 (talk) 01:07, 19 August 2017 (UTC)]] I have already been contributing applicable edits for WP: California and WP:Oklahoma.
  • CJK09 (talk) 20:52, 31 August 2017 (UTC) Anything US-related.
  • ILoveCaracas (talk) 04:28, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Frank R 1981 (talk) 03:19, 1 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Arius1998 (talk) 05:26, 29 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Dave.Dunford (talk) 16:33, 28 July 2018 (UTC) – mainly interested in protected areas in England, particularly Cheshire, Derbyshire and Oxfordshire.
  • Tigerdude9 (talk) 02:52, 26 December 2018 (UTC) My favorite animal is the grizzly bear. It says so on my user page.
  • David Tornheim (talk) 11:44, 27 December 2018 (UTC) -- I have taken a big interest in geology lately, especially from reading the Roadside Geology series and visiting important sites. I have many of their books.
  • SlinkySeahorse (talk) 09:04, 13 April 2020 (UTC)
  • MarkZusab (talk) 19:04, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Ahsoka Dillard (talk) 16:09, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Uninspired Username (talk) 16:50, 29 July 2020 (UTC) - Interested in increasing visibility of areas that need more attention and helping where I can!
  • MargaretRDonald (talk) 21:51, 8 September 2020 (UTC) Pleased to have become aware of this project
  • Quandarian7 (talk) 22:32, 4 January 2021 (UTC) I'd like to work on U.S. Wilderness Areas. Brand new to Wikipedia editing. Thanks!
  • Derpythorki (talk) 19:07, 17 January 2021 (UTC) - Interested in European protected areas
  • Zapus (talk) 18:22, 22 January 2021 (UTC) - Protected areas of the American West.
  • ARoseWolf 13:39, 18 May 2021 (UTC) - Protected Areas of Alaska and Montana
  • Cuhless (talk) 20:12, 21 July, 2021 UTC
  • Properpostman (talk) 18:09, 24 August 2021 (UTC) Protected areas in British Columbia
  • Ned n07b07 (talk) 18:19, 24 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Heeps of Wiki (talk) 17:23, 10 February 2022 (UTC) Protected Areas in Wisconsin and United States.
  • Bduke (talk) 05:31, 28 February 2022 (UTC) I will see what I can do.

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[[Category:WikiProject Protected areas participants|{{subst:PAGENAME}}]]

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Or you add the {{User protectedareas}} template to your userpage:

 This user is a member of WikiProject Protected Areas.

An alternative user box can be added by placing {{User WPA}} on your user page:

 This user is a member of WikiProject Protected Areas.


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