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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Natural Heritage Program - Dedicated Nature Preserves

Natural Heritage Program

Dedicated Nature Preserves

Publicly- and privately-owned Significant Natural Heritage Areas can be dedicated as State Nature Preserves to establish a lasting conservation commitment.

Download a GIS shapefile of Dedicated Nature Preserves.

As of 2012, 146 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.146 conservation areas, managed as Dedicated Nature Preserves, in green on NC map

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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