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Natural Areas Registry Program

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The Louisiana Natural Areas Registry Program was created by the Legislature in 1987 and is administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The program is designed to honor and recognize owners of outstanding natural areas for their commitment to the protection of our state’s natural heritage. The program relies on citizen-based conservation and the willingness of landowners to safeguard the best that remains of our natural world. By seeking the cooperation of landowners, the Registry Program encourages voluntary conservation of biologically unique lands and reduces the risk of significant natural areas being inadvertently destroyed.

Program Objectives

  • To promote the conservation of natural areas across Louisiana.
  • To develop cooperative relationships with landowners.
  • To recognize landowner contributions to conservation in Louisiana.

    Qualifications

  • Must be willing to protect natural elements of state and national significance.
  • Property must contain habitat for native species with rare or declining populations, plant communities characteristic of Louisiana’s native vegetation, or outstanding natural features.

    Registration & Agreement

  • Registration is voluntary and involves no payment or receipt of funds.
  • Registration does not subject area to any new regulatory authority.
  • Agreement is not legally binding and may be cancelled by either party.

    Benefits of Regristration

  • Be part of an exclusive group of landowners in a program to protect natural diversity.
  • Receive a management plan, annual ecological assessments, and consultations
  • Gain the program as an advocate to help protect your natural resources during environmental project reviews.
  • Receive a member’s-only quarterly newsletter.

For more information about the Louisiana Natural Areas Registry Program please contact:

Chris Doffitt, LNHP Field Botanist/Natural Areas Registry Coordinator

LDWF Louisiana Natural Heritage Program

1995 Shreveport Hwy

Pineville, LA 71360

(318) 487-5885

naturalareas@wlf.la.gov