Important Notice to Mariners
Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »
Summer Fire Rules in Effect
Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »
Scientific Research and Collecting Permits at Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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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).
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/
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/rprsInstructions
Did You Know?
In order to manage invasive plants on park lands, 16 Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT's) have been deployed throughout the country. The teams are a new weapon to combat exotic plants. The first test of the EPMT concept was made in 1996 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. More...