NPS Research Permit Policy
National Park Service Management Policies 2001 Section 4.2 defines studies as "short – or long-term scientific or scholarly investigations or educational activities that may involve natural resource surveys, inventories, monitoring, and research, including data and specimen collection. Studies include projects conducted by researchers and scholars in universities, foundations and other institutions, tribal colleges and organizations, other federal and state agencies, and Service staff. The data and information acquired through studies conducted in parks will be made publicly available, consistent with section 4.1.2."
The requirements for obtaining a research permit to conduct research on NPS lands is explicitly stated in National Park Service Management Policies 2001 Section 4.2.2 Independent Studies, "…studies, including data and specimen collection, require an NPS scientific research and collecting permit." Legal authority for National Park Service Management Policies includes the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, specifically 16 U.S.C. 5935 (Availability for Scientific Study) which states the following: