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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.

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

Order your copy today at or 541-317-1099.


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 will serve 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 Book Review Editor John Lloyd ( and let him know of your willingness to write a review for it. Book Reviews are always welcome and needed.

Seeking Book Review Editor for the Natural Areas Journal

The NAA is actively seeking a new Book Review Editor. This volunteer position is a wonderful way to contribute to this important Journal while staying abreast of current literature relevant to natural areas and the environment. .

The book review editor performs the following tasks:

- Keep current on new titles from publishers (submitted by publishers or readers to the NAA, review catalogs, etc.)
- Select new titles for review and solicit review copies from publishers
- Respond to potential reviewer inquiries
- Evaluate potential reviewers
- Ship review copies to selected reviewers with instruction letter
- Maintain reviewer database and tracking system
- Receive reviews by email or in mail and login
- Read and edit reviews
- Assemble reviews and provide to managing editor quarterly

Position requirements:

Knowledge of natural areas literature
Access to a network of natural areas professionals
Ability to use Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet
Access to mailing services, including free postage
Access to local post office and library

For a full 'job description' or with questions, please contact Deb Kraus or the current Book Review Editor, John Lloyd.

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

Contact us to 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 at


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.