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These laws represent highlights from key environmental legislation that contributes to the preservationist nature of the NPS.
What It Is The policies contained in Chapter 6: Wilderness Preservation and Management provide guidance in the management of designated, recommended, potential and proposed wilderness areas located within National Park Service lands. Covered topics include: Wilderness eligibility considerations Resource management Scientific activities Fire management Trails and campsites Signage Native American access and use Rights-of-way Why It
NAGPRA addresses the rights of lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations to Native American cultural items.
Section 106: Step Three, Assess Adverse Effects
The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal projects to follow the 106 process. Step Two: Identify Historic Properties
Learn more about the requirements for operating both manned and unmanned aircraft in the National Park Service.
The act authorizes the American Battlefield Protection Program to partner, administer grants, and undertake studies to preserve our battlefield heritage.
Learn about the importance of Section 106 and how the loss of Penn Station in New York helped lead to the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Access Section 106 sample letters to help you craft your own! These letters are real life examples from previous projects to use as a guide.
Section 106: Step One, Initiate the Process.
The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal projects to follow the 106 process. Step Four: Resolve Adverse Effects.
The Determinations of Eligibility are regulations that provide guidance in evaluating if a property is eligible for inclusion in the National Register.
Director's Order #28 requires the protection and management of cultural resources in NPS custody through effective research, planning, and stewardship.
Learn about the importance of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in this engaging and brief video.
What It Is Reference Manual #18 – Wildland Fire Management contains the most detailed and comprehensive instructions for implementing servicewide wildland fire management programs for the National Park Service. The manual provides NPS field employees: Legal references, Operating policies, Standards, Procedures, General information, Recommendations, and Examples to assist them in carrying out NPS Management Policies and
This handbook synthesizes the legal and policy requirements and considerations related to NEPA and associated guidance applicable to the NPS.
The American Indian Religious Freedom Act protects and preserves American Indians inherent rights of freedom to believe, express, and exercise religion.
What It Is Reference Manual #41: Wilderness Stewardship provides comprehensive guidance to National Park Service employees responsible for managing and preserving wilderness character and wilderness resources throughout the NPS system. RM-41 serves as Level 3 guidance, and includes relevant legislation, regulations, Management Policies, other instructions or requirements issued through Director’s Order #41, as well as
Executive Order 13327 allows executive branch departments and agencies to increase management attention to real property resources.
What It Is Director’s Order 41 – Wilderness Stewardship provides accountability, consistency, and continuity in the National Park Service (NPS) wilderness stewardship program, and guides servicewide efforts in meeting the requirements of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131-1136). This Order clarifies, where necessary, specific provisions of Management Policies 2006 and establishes specific instructions and requirements.
Wilderness is a valuable resource and must be protected. This tool will help you determine whether a wilderness permit should be issued.