Many natural areas can be found within Fitchburg's park and open space system. Some are found within parks and others are managed solely as natural areas.
Each year, the City develops unique plans to restore and maintain these spaces. For example, in several public prairies -- like the one found in Harlan Hills -- the City will conduct a prescribed burn. This helps to increase plant diversity, control invading woody plants, and improves space and light conditions for native plants.
Seeding and removing weeds are additional management methods. Volunteers also often help to maintain natural areas within their neighborhoods!