They protect natural features of exceptional scientific or educational value including:
They may also contain:
Protection of multiple sites in each landscape region is a vital means of capturing the genetic diversity and preventing the loss of important species, communities, and features. This strategy observes the wisdom of not putting all our eggs in one basket.
Characteristics that distinguish Natural Areas include:
Scientific and Natural Areas are open to you 24/7 for hiking, birdwatching, nature photography, and other activities that do not disturb natural conditions. Visiting guidelines will help with your experience as well as this list of things you can do and rules. You may see management activities such as prescribed burns and control of invasive species. Research equipment is also sometimes seen on sites.