Natural areas are lands with significant natural characteristics or lands with the potential for restoration of significant natural characteristics. Natural areas with at least one of the following significant natural characteristics will be protected:
- Biologic significance
- Wildlife habitat
- Adjacent to a river, lake or stream
- Provides environmental benefits such as water quality protection or flood control
The Farmland and Natural Area Program Eligibility Map locates general parcels that meet at least one of the minimum eligibility requirements. To be eligible for participation in the program, a natural area property must be identified on the map or provide evidence with the application that the property has at least one of the significant natural characteristics listed above, or has restoration potential.