The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) established a national policy of encouraging productive and enjoyable harmony between human beings and the environment for present and future generations. NEPA requires federal agencies like the NPS to evaluate the environmental impacts of its actions prior to making decisions.
Although NEPA may conjure up images of complex projects, public meetings, and Environmental Impact Statements, most actions the NPS takes have no potential for significant environmental impact. Although these actions are still subject to NEPA, many of them are covered by Categorical Exclusions or CEs.
This 2-hour eLearning provides an overview of when and how to use CEs to comply with NEPA.