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There are more than 800 natural areas within Oakland County, with many of the largest, most significant natural areas falling within Oakland County Parks.

These natural communities include Marshes, Bogs, Prairie Fen, Wet Meadow, Wet-Mesic Prairie, Southern Swamp, Hardwood-Conifer Swamp, Mesic Southern Forest, and Black Oak Barrens, among others.

The Michigan Natural Features Inventory is the primary source of information about the types of species and bio-samples located in Oakland County.

Michigan Natural Features Inventory
The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (known as MNFI) is a cooperative program of Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its mission is to identify, evaluate and track locations of Michigan's rarest species and exceptional examples of the State's natural communities and to provide that information to the public and private sectors for decision-making that affects Michigan's biological diversity. MNFI was established in 1980 and manages an ongoing, continuously updated information base regarding these biological features.
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