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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.

Our Data Download page features a shapefile of Dedicated Nature Preserves.

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As of March 2018, 183 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.

Dedicated Nature Preserves

Dedication of State Nature Preserves is authorized by G.S. 143B-135.250.

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For more information about dedications, contact Scott Pohlman.