The Petrified Forest Protected Area is administered by the Nature Conservation Sector of the Ministry of Environment in Egypt. The Egyptian Prime Minister declared the Petrified Forest as an officially Protected Area by decree number 944 issued in 1989. The Protected Area has been classified under Category III: Natural Monument of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
“Natural Monuments” are Protected areas set aside to protect a specific natural monument, which can be a landform, sea mount, submarine cavern, geological feature such as a cave or even a living feature such as an ancient grove. They are generally quite small protected areas and often have high visitor value”.