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Natural Areas

Natural Areas

Source: Miles Hemstrom

A natural area is land managed for scientific research and education that contains important biological or physical attributes. In Oregon, these lands are established under the Natural Areas Act.

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Dedicated natural areas in Oregon are called Natural Heritage Conservation Areas. Like federal...
Land managers in the Lakes Basin have been concerned that changes in vegetation and soil conditions...
The 2015 Oregon Natural Areas Plan was adopted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in...
The majority of the natural areas in Oregon are Research Natural Areas (RNA) established by federal...
Oregon's natural areas are conserved when landowners or land managers choose to establish a natural...

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