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Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law – Electronic Resources

Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law is a blended online and in-person class designed to provide NPS employees with the competencies necessary to recognize resource injuries and take action to protect National Park System resources. The pages below provide supplemental information on the topics covered in the class including primary legal sources, job aides, policy documents, and in-depth articles on specific topics.

Unit A: What Are the Resources to be Protected?

  • Natural Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Visitor Enjoyment

Unit B: Why Protect NPS Resources

  • The Constitution and the NPS Organic Act
  • Legal and Regulatory Framework
  • NPS Policy

Unit C: How to Protect Resources

  • Archeological and Paleontological Resource Laws
  • System Unit Resource Protection Act (SURPA)
  • Wildlife Laws
  • Pollution Laws
  • Planning and Compliance
  • The Wilderness Act
  • Visitor Use Management

Unit D: Actions to Protect Resources when Injury Occurs

  • Recognizing Resource Injuries
  • Responding to Resource Injuries
  • Incident Communication

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