PLATINUM2023

Natural Areas Association

supporting professionals protecting nature

aka NAA   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  naturalareas.org

Mission

The Natural Areas Association's (NAA) mission is to support the community of natural area professionals. We help members reach their professional goals, promote natural areas management based on sound science, work to raise awareness about the need for natural areas conservation, and support natural areas research.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Lisa Smith

Main address

PO Box 17646

Pittsburgh, PA 15235 USA

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EIN

36-3132261

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Natural Areas Association (NAA) serves scientists and practitioners focused on the management of ecologically significant natural landscapes with the intent to protect biodiversity for current and future generations. Protecting nature requires quality science to inform practices on-the-ground and access to reliable resources that can advance the conservation and stewardship of land and water biodiversity. NAA curates and shares relevant and timely programs and resources with practitioners responsible for the ecological resilience and protection of natural areas in perpetuity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Natural Areas Conference

Attendees catch up on current research by natural areas managers and scholars, learn about the challenges, successes and pitfalls of natural areas science, policy and education. They also obtain practical on-the-ground training and information that they can apply when they return to their jobs. Finally, a key function of the conference is to provide one-on-one meetings and conversations that couldn’t happen otherwise.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Natural Areas Journal is a leading voice in natural areas management and preservation. Published quarterly by the Natural Areas Association, the Natural Areas Journal disseminates cutting-edge research, best practices and the newest knowledge related to natural areas. The journal includes peer-reviewed original research articles on applied conservation biology, ecological restoration, natural areas management, ecological assessment and monitoring, invasive and exotic species management, habitat protection, and fire ecology. Also included are editorials, conservation issues, forums, topic reviews, and stewardship articles.

Population(s) Served
Adults

NAA offers one-hour webinars focused on research and technique for land managers and stewards.

Population(s) Served
Adults

NAA offers a library of freely accessible proprietary resources for natural areas practitioners, as well as connecting our community to resources by affiliated organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Workshops are geared towards practitioners who are managing similar systems in a particular region. NAA’s goal is to create an opportunity for practitioners to come together as a community, support each other and share tested methodologies and expertise – as well as challenges - in a collaborative atmosphere.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are first and foremost in the business of science and practice delivery, bridging the gap between data and research on one hand, and on-the-ground management on the other. But we also take pride in fostering the natural areas practitioner community through professional networking and multiple forums in which to share ideas and best practices. We believe deeply in collaboration and that we are more effective at our jobs, when we come together to address our common challenges.

Foster a community of professionals that come together to find solutions to our shared challenges

Hold the Natural Areas Conference, the premier gathering of natural areas professionals

Hold Stewardship in Action Workshops to demonstrate on-the-ground management techniques and practices.

Publish the Natural Areas Journal, a peer-reviewed, internationally recognized journal for scientists and natural areas professionals that provides opportunities for researchers to share research results and best management practices

Offer interactive monthly webinars on emerging management topics.

Host virtual lectures and symposia for a deeper dive into emerging natural areas issues.

Convene a Science Advisory Committee comprised of leaders in natural areas science to identify emerging issues that may impact natural areas and the work of our stakeholders.

Host in-person and virtual, topical roundtables that provide natural areas practitioners with the opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.

Connect practitioners from federal, state, local, academic, tribal, nonprofit and private entities committed to the ongoing protection of ecologically significant landscapes.

For the past 50 years, NAA has positively impacted biodiversity conservation and climate resilience through applied science, practical solutions, knowledge transfer, and advocacy. Our 2021 strategic business plan outlines a path that builds upon NAA’s existing strengths to advance science-based management practices to support on-the-ground efforts to protect ecologically significant natural landscapes. We continue to increase organizational capacity through increasing staffing levels and engaging expert consultants. We will continue to focus on content development, distribution, and accessibility to support practitioners in the preservation and stewardship of high-value natural areas.

We have increased the number and types of programs offered every year since 2016, and we plan to continue this trajectory. Our intention is to meet practitioners where they are, and this means creating programming for varied professional experience levels, geographic locations, budgets, ability to travel as well as their preferred method of learning, such as written, oral, hands on, collaborative and independent, and we've been acting on this through our program

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Natural Areas Association

Board of directors
as of 04/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roger McCoy

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Term: 2019 - 2023

Jim Johannsen

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

Ryan Klopf

Virginia Natural Heritage

Darrell Bowman

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Alice Heikens

Franklin College

Peter Dunwiddie

University of Washington

Raquel Garcia-Alvarez

Forest Preserves of Cook County (IL)

Kelly Heintz

King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (WA)

Bill Holimon

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

Jim Neal

Caddo Lake Institute

Arthur Pearson

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (NY)

Ephraim Zimmerman

Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

Holli Redekop

Silverglow Studio

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/14/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability