Serving practitioners and scientists focused on the management of ecologically significant landscapes.
The Natural Areas Association (NAA) serves scientists and practitioners focused on the management of ecologically significant natural landscapes with the intent to protect biodiversity for current and future generations. Protecting nature requires quality science to inform practices on-the-ground and access to reliable resources that can advance the conservation and stewardship of land and water biodiversity. NAA curates and shares relevant and timely programs and resources with practitioners responsible for the ecological resilience and protection of natural areas in perpetuity.
When it comes to conservation, acquiring land or putting it under conservation easement is only the first step. The protection of natural areas demands careful planning, regular monitoring, and constant vigilance. Long-term protection includes intervention against threats that imperil the ecological biodiversity and the restoration of species that are waning or have been lost. Protecting ecologically significant landscapes in perpetuity requires skilled practitioners, innovative research and an ongoing investment of time and resources.
Success in land and water conservation is only realized when those who manage the land have access to timely, relevant, and effective research, strategies and methods. It was this truth that led George B. Fell to establish the NAA in the early 1970’s, and this need inspired the first Natural Areas Conference in October 1974 fifty years ago and remains NAA’s mission today.
The Natural Areas Association's vision is broader and better protection of the world‘s natural areas. This vision includes: the expansion of existing protected areas, the creation of new natural preserves, adequate resources to protect natural areas into the future, increased recognition and appreciation for the beauty and value of nature, and establishing conservation priorities based on sound science.
NAA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, disability, citizenship status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or on the basis of any other federal, state, or local legally protected status. NAA management is dedicated to fulfilling this policy to include, but not limited to, the board of directors, staff members, association members, partners, sponsors and anyone else who engages with the organization.
Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.