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 November 2022, 199 conservation areas are managed as Dedicated Nature Preserves. These areas are indicated in green on the map below.

A map showing the distribution of dedicated nature preserves across the state of North Carolina.


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.