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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

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Natural Heritage Program - Dedicated Nature Preserves

Natural Heritage Program

Dedicated Nature Preserves

Publicly- and privately-owned natural areas identified by the Natural Heritage Program can be dedicated as State Nature Preserves to establish a lasting conservation commitment.

Visit our Data Download page for a shapefile of Dedicated Nature Preserves

As of June 2015, 165 conservation areas are managed as Dedicated Nature Preserves. These lands are owned by state agencies and private conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Triangle Land Conservancy, and the Botanical Garden Foundation. These areas are indicated in green on the map below.165 Dedicated Nature Preserves

Dedication of State Nature Preserves is authorized by G.S. 113A-164.
An example dedication agreement is available here.

For more information about dedications, contact .

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