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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 - coming January 2015

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 will 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 will automatically receive this special issue. You can receive a copy by joining the NAA today (libraries may subscribe on the Subscriptions page or by phoning the NAA). To order extra copies in advance, contact the NAA.

Seeking Editor for Natural Areas Journal 


The Natural Areas Association (NAA) invites applications for the Editor of the Natural Areas Journal (NAJ). This contracted, part-time position may require up to 8 hours/week and will formally begin on or shortly after January 1, 2015. The Editor works remotely from their current location.

The Journal provides a forum for communication among persons involved in the identification, preservation, protection, and management of natural areas and elements of biological diversity. The NAJ focus is on nature preserves, natural areas, state or national parks, rare and endangered species, land preservation, and practical approaches to natural areas work.

The ideal candidate will have:

A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in applied natural resource management or environmental science. This is desired, but not mandatory.

An academic, nonprofit or agency affiliation in the natural areas, natural resource or environmental field.

Current experience conducting research in applied natural resource management or environmental science. This is desired, but not mandatory.

Knowledge of natural areas management and conservation, resource management, conservation biology, restoration and current thinking and practice related to these fields.

Familiarity with the Natural Areas Association and the Natural Areas Journal.

Specific Eligibility Criteria

Demonstrated expertise as an author who has published in highly cited and visible professional, scientific and peer-reviewed publications.

Established record of providing high quality reviews of scientific/research articles with timely responses to reviewers and/or authors.

Broad knowledge of current and past natural areas/resource/environmental literature and research, and on-the-ground land management.

Recognition as a thoughtful leader and effective facilitator, with a strong commitment to serving the varying interests of authors, reviewers, readers and other stakeholders.

Demonstrated management-level ability in balancing multiple administrative tasks and projects in a self-directed, timely manner.

View the full job description, including the experience required, eligibility criteria and the scope of work. Please contact the NAA at with any questions. 

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

View Sample Journal Issues

View a complimentary 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 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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