As a park naturalist, Wright spearheaded the first wildlife survey ever conducted in the NPS system to determine original and current wildlife conditions, identify causes of adverse changes, and recommend actions that would restore park wildlife to its original status.

The National Park Service and the UW College of the Environment are pleased to announce the 2013 George Melendez Wright Climate Change Youth Initiative.

This program provides opportunities for young people to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. The opportunities take two forms – competitive fellowships awarded to advanced graduate students (Masters and Doctorate levels) to support their independent research, and paid internships in which undergraduate or beginning graduate students work for approximately 12 weeks on projects in research, interpretation, park operations, policy development, or other fields. Additional information, along with application instructions, can be found on the Initiative website.