Scientific and Natural Areas Program

Scientific and Natural Areas

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Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas Program

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Preserve Minnesota's Unique Nature

Protection alone does not assure long-term preservation of natural areas and their rare resources. Ongoing management is required to protect and enhance these parcels.


Natural Areas often lack some of the natural processes necessary for their survival. These techniques help to replace or supplement natural processes:


An important objective for each Natural Area is the development of a management plan. Management plans:


Today, a helping hand is recognized as a necessary and integral part of Natural Area protection. Many of those helping hands are volunteers who, under the direction of DNR staff, remove invasive species, collect seeds, plant seedlings, clean up areas, and, with proper training, assist in prescribed burns. You can get involved by volunteering with us.