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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.

"Pollinators In Natural Landscapes" - special issue of the Natural Areas Journal

A Unique Sponsorship Opportunity:

The Natural Areas Association, in collaboration with the Pollinator Partnership (P2) and other partners, will be producing a special issue of the Natural Areas Journal (NAJ) on “Pollinators in Natural Landscapes”.

This special issue will help to raise awareness and deliver pollinator and native plant conservation tools and critical information to support underserved areas and practitioners. It will serve as an enduring resource summarizing plant-pollinator systems in natural areas, and will reach and serve a wide audience: educators, scientists, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and others interested in this vital subject.

Why This Special Issue:

The role of pollinators in plant conservation has been recognized for some time. Between 75–85% of all flowering plants depend on pollinators for reproduction, meaning that the conservation and management of natural floral communities depends on the conservation and management of pollinators.

Pollinator populations and the ecological services they provide are under threat due to increasing losses of habitat, climate change, disease, parasites, pesticides, pollution, and exotic species. In some cases, like the Monarch butterfly, numbers have decreased by 90%. Declines and losses of pollinators will result in declines in food production and ecosystem stability.

The goals of this special issue are to 1) address data and knowledge gaps in the native plant and pollinator management realm; and 2) provide tools to assess, monitor, and manage plant-pollinator systems to improve the overall sustainability of natural areas and the ecosystem services they provide.

Read more about this special issue and the unique sponsorship opportunity it provides>>.

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Native Plants in Restoration - special issue of the Natural Areas Journal

Order your copy today at or 541-317-0199.


This special issue, sponsored by BLM, is focused on Native Plant Materials in Restoration, and specifically the development and use of native plant materials. Articles include both the latest research, concepts, and best management practices for preservation and use of native plants in natural areas restoration.

This special Journal issue serves as an enduring go-to reference for land management professionals --botanists, restoration ecologists, fire rehabilitation specialists, wildlife managers and others charged with restoration of natural areas. It will help guide practitioners and researchers in their decisions to use native seed in their native plant community/habitat restoration work.

Current NAA members and library subscribers received this special issue. You can obtain an extra copy by joining the NAA today (libraries may subscribe on the Subscriptions page or by phoning the NAA). Click here for more info on how to order extra copies or contact the NAA.

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 the Book Review Editor, Scott Rush, at ( and let him know of your willingness to write a review. Book Reviews are always welcome and needed.

Publishers: please contact the Book Review Editor to inquire if your book/publication is suitable for the NAJ and for mailing information. Book previews and samples should not be sent to the NAA office in Bend, OR.

Access the Natural Areas Journal Online

Current individual members can now view the online version of the Journal directly from our website. Log in to access abstracts or full articles. (Forgot your log-in or password? Contact the NAA at

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View Sample Journal Issues

View a  sample article of the Natural Areas Journal to see what our publication has to offer.

Sample Issue for Libraries and Institutions

Because there is nothing like holding the actual Journal in your hands…for $10 we will mail one of our most recent issues to you, based on available inventory (shipping and handling are all included). This offer applies to United States addresses only and is limited to one per person/organization. Contact Charlene to obtain a sample hardcopy.


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, special issue and/or rare archived issues may cost more.

Volunteer Opportunities

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




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