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Held this year in Pittsburgh, PA, this event offers natural areas practitioners from across the U.S. access to cutting-edge information, emerging management techniques, and science-based practices, as well as an opportunity to come together, network, and address our common challenges.

Our theme is At the Water’s Edge: Managing our Land and Water in a Changing Landscape.

Registration is now open! Early Bird rates available until Aug 1.

Scholarships are available for practitioners working in PA and the Pittsburgh area. These scholarships are available due to the generosity and support of the Colcom Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.  The scholarship will cover all or part of a regional practitioner’s registration costs.

The conference program features symposia, sessions, posters and pre-conference and ID Workshops. Symposia include: Protecting and Managing Conservation Lands and Waters for Climate Resilience, Communication and Management of Emerging Forest Pests and Pathogens, Native Plant Conservation Initiatives, Managing Urban Natural Areas, and Priority Wetland Restoration. Field Workshops are planned to some of the most biodiverse spots in PA, with rafting, canoeing and tours of Fallingwater. Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available.

The Natural Areas Conference is co-hosted by the Natural Areas Association, with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Natural Areas Association (NAA) is the only national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the community of natural areas practitioners. We provide the best scientific information to inform their work on the ground.

Find out more at naturalareas.org.