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All research projects and/or specimen collection on National Park Service (NPS) lands require a scientific research and collecting permit. All research and collecting permits are obtained through a proposal and review period that may require up to 90 days.

Research activities that occur within designated or potential wilderness areas may need to undergo a Wilderness Minimum Requirements Analysis (MRA).

Lake Mead NRA Wilderness Areas
NPS Wilderness MRA Policy

Depending on the location and type of activity being proposed, cultural resource surveys may be required before research activities can begin.

If your project involves the use of a vertebrate animal species, then an NPS IACUC review may be required. The NPS IACUC review period can take up to 30 days and should be initiated before submitting an application for a research and collecting permit. Please see the NPS IACUC webpage for additional information and instructions: http://nature.nps.gov/biology/iacuc/

An NPS scientific research and collecting permit does not substitute for other state and federal permits or authorizations that may be required for certain types of projects.

How to Apply

To apply for a Scientific Research and Collecting Permit or submit an Investigator's Annual Report, please follow the instructions on the Research Permit Reporting System webpage here: https://irma.nps.gov/rprs

Instructions

Instructions for Researchers
Application Procedures and Requirements
Guidelines to Researchers for Study Proposals

Research Permit Conditions

NPS General Conditions for Scientific Research and Collecting Permits
Lake Mead NRA Specific Conditions for Scientific Research and Collecting Permits

Contact

Environmental Compliance
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, Nevada 89005
702-293-8978
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Did You Know?

A Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn sheep live in matriarchal societies. A dominant female leads a herd, which for much of the year consists primarily of ewes and their lambs. The rams tend to stay together in bachelor groups until the summer breeding season.