According to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, a natural area consists of “rare, threatened or endangered plants or animals, state significant natural communities, or high quality common elements.” Land Trust for Louisiana works to help managed these natural areas using specific guidelines in order to preserve and/or restore its environment.

“The recovery of land, the richness of species and the maintenance of our natural communities requires that we have lots of natural areas dispersed throughout the landscape with intact soils and a good diversity of native plants. These natural areas are genetic reservoirs that hold the ecological memory that is our natural heritage.”
                                                                                    –Naturalist, Charles Smith