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Conservation is a cornerstone of many of Cedar Creek's research projects, as well as a whole-reserve priority. Research focused on biodiversity, nutrient cycling, global change, rare species, and more contribute to a global understanding of how humans are changing the world we live in. 

In addition to conservation-relevant science, Cedar Creek is responsible for stewarding thousands of acres of woods, water, prairie and oak savanna. Some of these areas are set aside for observational research, while others are managed as natural areas or to protect specific organisms. Conservation-focused land management is important to preserve, maintain and restore the diversity of the reserve and to ensure room for future projects. We conduct this practical conservation work in partnership with a variety of local experts and organizations.