Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law – Electronic Resources for Unit B

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 links 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. Click a topic to open the list.

Unit B: Why Protect NPS Resources

This unit focuses on the laws passed by Congress to protect resources in the United States. It links the Constitution to statutory laws that established the National Park Service, and explores case law that further defines and clarifies the NPS mission. Learners gain an understanding of the constitutional authority for national parks, how regulations implement law, and how policy further guides management actions.

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

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Continue to Unit C: How to Protect Resources

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