Natural Environment Area (Maryland)

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Belt Woods Natural Environment Area in Prince George's County, Maryland

A Natural Environment Area (NEA) is a unit of the Park Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. These public lands are generally 1,000 acres (4 km2) or more in extent and are judged to constitute a "significant natural attraction or unique geological feature". Development within an NEA is generally confined to trails, interpretive facilities and limited support facilities.[1]

In contradistinction to Maryland Wildlands, which may only be established or removed by an act of the Maryland General Assembly, NEAs are designated by the DNR. (The more restrictive and protective designation of a Maryland Wildland, however, is sometimes established within an NEA.)

List of Maryland NEAs[edit]

As of 2016, the state of Maryland managed seven NEAs covering 12,698 acres (51.39 km2) of land.[2]

NEA name[2] County[2] Area[2]
Belt Woods Natural Environment Area Prince George's 625 acres (2.53 km2)
Mattawoman Natural Environment Area Charles 1,727 acres (6.99 km2)
Morgan Run Natural Environment Area Carroll 1,930 acres (7.8 km2)
Severn Run Natural Environment Area Anne Arundel 1,759 acres (7.12 km2)
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area Baltimore 2,078 acres (8.41 km2)
Youghiogheny Wild River Natural Environment Area Garrett 4,129 acres (16.71 km2)
Zekiah Swamp Natural Environment Area Charles 450 acres (1.8 km2)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Land Unit Types". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Wilson, Emily (July 29, 2016). Fiscal Year 2016 DNR Owned Lands Acreage (PDF) (Report). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. pp. 10–11. Retrieved February 27, 2017.

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