1. An area set aside for the preservation and protection of highly important natural and cultural features and for the regulation of the scientific, educational, and recreational use. Such areas include national parks, Nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural monuments, archaeological reserves, forest reserves, and marine reserves; 2. A geographically defined area which is designed and managed to achieve specific conservation objectives.
Protected Area has been defined 8 different ways in documents like Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14, Part 417, Subpart A, Oregon Revised Statutes (2007), USGS Handbook, Glossary of Terms, and 5 more.