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. Visit Our Data Download Page As of August 2020, 184 conservation areas are managed as Dedicated Nature Preserves. These areas are indicated in green on the map below. Dedication of State Nature Preserves is authorized by G.S. 143B-135.250. View An Example Dedication Agreement For more information about dedications, contact Scott Pohlman.