At the Water's Edge: Managing Our Land and Water in a Changing Landscape

Mark your calendarfor the 2019 Natural Areas Conference (NAC), which will be hosted by the Natural Areas Association (NAA) and held atthePittsburgh Sheraton, right on the waterfront at the place where the three rivers of Pittsburgh - the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio - come together.The views are spectacular, and scores of diverse natural areas are only a short drive away.This event will focus on providing access to cutting-edge information, emerging management techniques, and science-based practices for natural areas practitioners - and the crucial interactions between healthy land and water.

The NAAis the only national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the community of natural areas practitioners. We provide them with the best scientific information to inform their work on the ground. Now in its 46th year, the annual NACis one of the nation's oldest continuous gatherings of conservation professionals. Here they learn about new research, receive valuable training and make important connections with other professionals in conservation-related fields.


Who Attends?

The conference typically draws 350-600 attendees in the natural areas professional community.

What do our people do?

Advocacy, Communicate the importance of our work, Conservation information technology, Ecological research, Ecosystem (forest, wetland, grassland, desert, aquatic and watershed) management, Endangered species conservation, Environmental monitoring and compliance, Environmental project review, Fire science and management, Fundraising, Habitat management, Environmental project review, Fire science and management,Hydrologic restoration and management,Invasive species control and prevention, Landowner education, Large scale landscape conservation, Native plant conservation, Material development and use, Natural areas program development, Natural areas visitor management, Natural areas restoration and restoration genetics, Natural resources inventory, Pollinator and invertebrate conservation and habitat management, Preserve design and conservation planning, Reintroduction ecology, Sustainable Recreation, and Volunteer management.


Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.