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A conservation park differs in how it is managed and why the land was acquired. The goal of the conservation park is to restore native plant and animal communities while providing educational areas and opportunities for everyone.

Although there is no set combination of characteristics common to all conservation areas, most exhibit one or more of the following attributes:

  • Unique plant communities, wildlife populations, geological formations, or historical sites.
  • A critical ecological function, such as protecting surface or ground water quality and supply.
  • Relatively undisturbed example of native biological communities.
  • Location and features suitable for outdoor education programs.
  • Outstanding aesthetic qualities.
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