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Ligonier , Pennsylvania
United States
Pennsylvania US
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PO Box 594 Ligonier, PA 15658
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The Natural Areas Association is the only national, non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the support and advancement of the community of natural areas professionals.

Together, we envision a world where science-based conservation is the bedrock of protecting the beauty and wonder of nature.

Our members work to protect and restore natural areas, ecosystems and landscapes, and include natural lands managers, natural resource managers, land trust staff and volunteers, biologists, ecologists, researchers, policy specialists, educators, students, and anyone with an active interest in environmental conservation and natural areas stewardship.


  • Support, nurture and advance the community of NA professionals
  • Advance natural area conservation through access to the latest research findings, as well as emerging management techniques and conservation practices
  • Promote an understanding and appreciation of natural areas, and the people who work to steward them
  • Advocate for legislation that supports and funds initiatives important to natural areas
  • Reflect the consensus of natural areas professionals through statements of policy 

Natural Areas Association Resources

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Journal Articles & Books
December 2016

Much of the coastal sage scrub habitat in Southern California that existed prior to European settlement has been developed for human uses. Over the past two to three decades, public agencies and land conservation organizations have worked to acquire some of the remaining lands for preservation.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2015
United States of America

Botanical capacity plays a fundamental role in solving the grand challenges of the next century, including climate change, sustainability, food security, preservation of ecosystem services, conservation of threatened species, and control of invasive species. Yet critical components of botanical education, research, and management are lacking across government, academic, and private sectors.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2014
United States of America

The relationship between landscape pattern and the distribution and spread of exotic species is an important determinant of where and when management actions are best applied. We have developed an interdisciplinary approach for prioritizing treatment of harmful, nonnative, invasive plants in National Park landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic USA.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2014

Bromus tectorum is expanding across western North America. This spread is due to its own competitive abilities, land management practices, and unintended transport by the public as the plant's spikelets often lodge in clothing. Many assume that washing in a laundry machine makes the seeds nonviable: we decided to test this assumption.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2014

We review Miami-Dade County's Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Covenant Program as a means to create protected areas on private property via financial incentives. Such incentives go a step beyond regulatory and fee simple approaches to conservation. The program is codified under Chapter 25B, Article II, of the Miami-Dade County Code as authorized by section 193.501, Florida Statutes.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2013
Northern America

The National Park Service (NPS) and other land management agencies have interest in managing bison herds under “natural” conditions; yet demographic features of natural populations are not well described. One solution to this issue involves the analysis of historical bison (Bison spp.) jump data.

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