Our 2019 Natural Areas Conference Sponsors

Richard King Mellon Foundation
First Energy Foundation Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of Recreation and Conservation

At the Water's Edge: Managing Our Land and Water in a Changing Landscape

Mark your calendar for the 46th annual Natural Areas Conference (NAC) will be hosted by the Natural Areas Association (NAA) and held at the Pittsburgh Sheraton, which is right on the waterfront at the place where the three rivers of Pittsburgh - the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio - come together. The views are spectacular - and scores of diverse natural areas are only a short drive away. 

The NAA is the only national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the community of natural areas practitioners. We provide them with the best scientific information to inform their work on the ground. Now in its 46th year, the annual NAC is one of the nation's oldest continuous gatherings of conservation professionals. Here they learn about new research, receive valuable training and make important connections with other professionals in conservation-related fields.

Access a one-page printable info sheet about the event. 

Who Attends?

The conference typically draws 350-600 attendees in the natural areas professional community.

What do our people do?

Advocacy, Communicate the importance of our work, Conservation information technology, Ecological research, Ecosystem (forest, wetland, grassland, desert, aquatic and watershed) management, Endangered species conservation, Environmental monitoring and compliance, Environmental project review, Fire science and management, Fundraising, Habitat management, Environmental project review, Fire science and management, Hydrologic restoration and management, Invasive species control and prevention, Landowner education, Large scale landscape conservation, Native plant conservation, Material development and use, Natural areas program development, Natural areas visitor management, Natural areas restoration and restoration genetics, Natural resources inventory, Pollinator and invertebrate conservation and habitat management, Preserve design and conservation planning, Reintroduction ecology, Sustainable Recreation, and Volunteer management.

Conference Theme

Our theme is At the Water's Edge - Managing our Land and Water in a Changing Landscape. This event will focus on providing access to cutting-edge information, emerging management techniques, and science-based practices for natural areas practitioners. 

We're excited to be partnering with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancythe Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, and the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources for this event. 

Session Topics

  • Best Management Practices on Land for Freshwater Ecosystem Integrity
  • Mitigating the Impact of Energy Development
  • Advances in State Forest Management
  • Identifying Natural Areas for Conservation
  • Management of Wildlife Habitat
  • Invasive Species Management and Prevention
  • Using Data and Technology to Advance Conservation
  • Parcelization of Large Private Land – Opportunities for Conservation
  • Native Plant Conservation Initiatives
  • Pollinators in Natural Areas Management
  • Management Planning to advance the Conservation of Special Species/Natural Communities
  • Urban Natural Areas and Green Infrastructure
  • Wetlands Conservation (for Rare Species)
  • Climate Change – Species and Natural Communities on the Move
  • Restoration of Natural Areas Qualities


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