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The Natural Areas Journal is a leading voice in natural areas management and preservation.


Published quarterly by the Natural Areas Association, the Natural Areas Journal disseminates cutting-edge research, best practices and the newest knowledge related to natural areas. The journal is an essential go-to resource for people who need to stay up-to-date on any aspect of natural areas. Most articles relate to advances in identification, preservation, restoration, threats, management, policy, and education about natural areas.

The journal includes peer-reviewed original research articles on applied conservation biology, ecological restoration, natural areas management, ecological assessment and monitoring, invasive and exotic species management, habitat protection, and fire ecology. In addition, you will find: conservation issues, forums, topic reviews, and  stewardship articles. These are reviewed by at least one of the Associate Editors.

Also included are editorials, state and federal natural area activities, and book reviews. For detailed instructions for manuscript submissions, click here.

Attention Book Lovers! Contribute a Book Review Today.

Book reviews are an integral part of the Natural Areas Journal. We have a wonderful selection of recommended book titles in need of review. If you love reading, we encourage you to look at the book list in the back of the current Journal issue, and if you see a title(s) of interest, please contact Book Review Editor John Lloyd ( and let him know of your willingness to write a review for it. Book Reviews are urgently needed!


Access the Natural Areas Journal Online

Current members can now view the online version of the Journal directly from our website. Log in to access abstracts, full articles or download PDFs.

View Sample Journal Issues

[Volume 31, #4, October 2011, Volume 32, #2, April 2012]


A full-year subscription to the Natural Areas Journal is included with your Natural Areas Association membership. Join as a Member

Order Back Issues

To order back issues of the Natural Areas Journal please contact the NAA. Members: $10 per issue; Non-members $15.00 per issue (plus postage/handling if outside the U.S.). Some older and/or rare archived issues may cost more.

Volunteer Opportunities

NAA members can contribute to the journal by lending their professional expertise. Learn more.