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- For information on State Natural Areas, contact:
- Thomas Meyer
Natural areas conservation biologist
State Natural Areas Program
State natural areas (SNAs) protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape of natural communities, significant geological formations and archeological sites. Encompassing over 373,000 acres, Wisconsin's 673 natural areas are valuable for research and educational use, the preservation of genetic and biological diversity and for providing benchmarks for determining the impact of use on managed lands. They also provide some of the last refuges for rare plants and animals.
Exploring State Natural Areas
In this short video, learn about the SNA program that protects outstanding native landscapes throughout Wisconsin. Natural areas provide unique places for low-impact recreation, including hiking and fishing. Hunting is also allowed on most DNR-owned sites.
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The perfect companion for hikers, birders and nature lovers, this guide features 150 of the best natural areas across the state. Buy your guide today!
Volunteer - winter workdays in the Kettle Moraine
Interested in stewardship of State Natural Areas or learning about restoration for your own land? Get outside and active this winter by helping remove the invasive brush taking over prairies and oak savannas at several different local SNAs within the Kettle Moraine. There will be workdays every third Saturday from 9am to noon. Download the workday flyer.