Washington Natural Areas Program
The Washington Natural Areas Program, part of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, manages dozens of natural areas owned by the U.S. state of Washington. These areas have received funding through the state's general fund since the Washington State Legislature enacted the Natural Areas Preserve Act in 1972. As of January 2010, there are 52 Natural Area Preserves and 29 Natural Resources Conservation Areas. The program's goals are to protect rare and outstanding examples of Washington's widely varied ecosystems, maintain the state's biological diversity, support education and scientific research, and provide public opportunities for low-impact recreation.
- "Washington Natural Areas Program". Washington State Department of Natural Resources. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- "Natural Area Preserves". Washington State Department of Natural Resources. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- "Natural Resources Conservation Areas". Washington State Department of Natural Resources. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
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