2021 State Natural Areas Program Reports

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State Natural Areas Program Reports (SNAP)

State Natural Areas Programs were among the first entities to protect natural areas in North America. For over 50 years, NAA has fostered a state agency programs community where practitioners and academics could share information, techniques, methodologies, good science and even moral support. NAA knows that collaboration is essential to the preservation of natural areas, and that it is important that colleagues become resources to each other.  

While the Natural Areas Association (NAA) hosts several virtual SNAP Roundtables per year focused on various topics, the fall Roundtable is intended to keep the annual tradition of a gathering dedicated to State Natural Areas Program Reports. While we could not gather in person this year, the information shared about our state programs is so important that the NAA SNAP Planning Committee hosted a virtual event.

State Natural Areas Program Reports are an opportunity for practitioners to share some highlights, challenges, and achievements with people who understand this important work.

If you were not able to join the live event, you are welcome to view the state reports posted below. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the presenter. Contact information is included at the end of each presentation.

2021 Natural Areas Program Reports

- Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

Presented by Bill Holimon, Director

Presenter contact: bill.holimon@arkansas.gov
Video length - 07:30

- Natural Reserve System, University of California 

Presented by Kathleen Wong, Director of Communications

Presenter contact: Kathleen.Wong@ucop.edu
Video length: 04:36

- Colorado Parks and Wildlife  

Presented by Rachel Wertsbaugh, CNAP Coordinator

Presenter contact: raquel.wertsbaugh@state.co.us

Video length - 05:49

- Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Resource Conservation, Division of Natural Heritage
Narrated by Tyler Schartel, Conservation Ecologist, Illinois Natural History Survey

Contact: Jenny Skufca, Natural Areas Program Manager, jenny.skufca@illinois.gov
Video length - 06:04

- Indiana DNR Division of Nature Preserves 

Presented by Ronald P. Hellmich, Director

Presenter contact: rhellmich@dnr.IN.gov
Video length - 04:25

- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 

Presented by Kelly Randall, Statewide Outreach Coordinator

Presenter contact: sna.dnr@state.mn.us

Video length - 06:24

- Missouri Department of Conservation

Presented by Mike Leahy, Natural Community Ecologist

Presenter contact: Michael.Leahy@mdc.mo.gov
Video length - 05:26

- North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation

Presented by Jon Blanchard, Natural Resources Program Manager

Presenter contact: jon.blanchard@ncparks.gov
Video length - 05:05

- Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Natural Areas

Presented by Jason E. Miller, Natural Areas Program Administrator 

Presenter contact: jason.e.miller@tn.gov
Video length - 06:30

- Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Presented by Rick Myers, Natural Areas Stewardship Manager 

Presenter contact: rick.myers@dcr.virginia.gov
Video length - 07:34

- West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Section, Natural Heritage Program

Presented by Jim Vanderhorst, Vegetation Ecologist

Presenter contact: james.p.vanderhorst@wv.gov
Video length - 1:32:08

- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Presented by Thomas Meyer, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Presenter contact: thomas.meyer@wisconsin.gov
Video length - 06:01


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