Special Issues

The Natural Areas Journal regularly publishes special issues that focus on a particular topic of interest to our members.

Announcing a new special issue of the Natural Areas Journal!

Our Call for Papers is now open for submissions focusing on land stewardship from a water resource perspective. Check the “submissions” tab for further info on that process.

We welcome submissions from all regions; however, topics of interest to land stewards in the West or the Southeast Coastal Plain are particularly welcome.

This special issue will be devoted to evaluating the state of scientific research on how practices used to restore and manage conservation lands (forests, parks, wildlife management areas, nature preserves, etc.) affect water quality, water quantity, and freshwater ecosystems.

Restored cranberry bog NJ Pine Barrens, by Emile DeVito, New Jersey Conservation

The target audience includes land stewards, policymakers, scientific researchers, and funders of stewardship programs and stewardship-related research.

To qualify, a paper should review the most relevant research on the impacts of a category of land stewardship practices on streams, lakes, wetlands, or groundwater, offer guidelines for land managers based on sound science, and identify the highest-priority research targets to fill in scientific knowledge gaps.

Submissions must be received by September 30, 2017.

We’re excited to present this special issue, with funding from the William Penn Foundation and other sources.

Are you interested in our Special Issue Managing for Pollinators on Natural Areas?

Planting riparian buffer by David J. Robertson, 
Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust


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You can also get a great deal when you purchase both the Pollinators special issue and the Using Native Plants in Restoration special issue.

In collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Pollinator Partnership, the Natural Areas Association is producing this special issue to:

  • Help raise awareness of the critical role pollinators play in ecosystems — and the dangers they face

  • Address data and knowledge gaps in the native plant and pollinator management realm

  • Provide tools to assess, monitor and manage plant-pollinator systems to improve the overall sustainability of natural areas and the ecosystem services they provide.

  • Offer crucial information to support underserved areas and practitioners

This issue will serve as a resource that summarizes plant-pollinator systems in natural areas. It will reach and serve a wide audience: educators, scientists, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses and others interested in this vital subject.

Join our mailing list to be notified about this upcoming special issue and other Pollinator initiatives.

Interested in supporting a special issue on a particular topic? We welcome collaboration! Contact us to discuss.

Why Pollinators?

Between 75–85 percent of 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. For some species, such as the Monarch butterfly, numbers have decreased by 90 percent. Decline of pollinators will result in declines in food production and ecosystem stability.

Our knowledge of pollinators in natural landscapes is still underrepresented, underfunded and under appreciated. Pollinators are vital to sustaining the majority of ecological systems. There is little basic information on plant-pollinator interaction in wildland and natural systems, and the natural resource community lacks technical guidance and peer-reviewed management practices for natural areas. We need to further educate managers, volunteers and the interested public on the roles and diversity of native pollinators in natural landscapes.

Special Issue: Using Native Plant Materials in Restoration

Copies of our previous special issue, Using Native Plant Materials in Restoration, are still available for purchase. Articles cover 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 and others charged with natural areas restoration.

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