Conducting Research in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Information that scientists gather can play an important role not only in how Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is managed, but also in how we manage some of the greater issues that face our planet. Our current understanding of historical, biological, cultural, social, and physical resources has been gained through exploration and scientific research.
INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE RESEARCHERS
Suggested timeline for proposals:
For projects to take place during the summer season (May 1 - Sept 30) submit your application/ renewal by March 31.
For winter season projects, submit your application 3 months prior to your anticipated start date.
An integrated compliance review process assesses the scientific integrity and appropriateness of research activities. The primary compliance requirements that must be addressed prior to project approval include:
- Is it necessary for this project to occur within the park and is the proposal inline with the NPS mission and the enabling legislation of the park (see applicable laws & policies)
- Potential environmental impacts as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
- Potential impacts to cultural resources and historic sites within the park as required by the National Historic Preservation Act of 2001 (NHPA, Section 106) and the Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA).
- Potential impacts to subsistence activities or the resources upon which they depend as required by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 1980 ANILCA, Section 810 (pdf format, 3 MB).
- Potential impacts to Wilderness lands as required by the Wilderness Act of 1964. More information on requirements/ considerations for and the Minimum Requirements Decision Guide (MRDG) used to guide park decision making.
PREPARING A PROPOSAL
- Submit your proposal to the NPS Research and Permit and Reporting System (RPRS). This site requires you to enter basic information regarding your project. You can cut and paste most material from your proposal into the form. Refer to the General Park Stipulations for Research Permits and be aware of the Curatorial Responsibilities of Researchers who undertake research in the park.
- Key points to include in your application:
- Type of transportation you will be using within the boundaries of the park (wheeled plane, float plane, helicopter, boating, hiking, etc.).
- Study site, field dates, number of days and people at each camp, and camp locations with information about your camp and how you will deal with human waste and non-burnable trash. Where possible provide the coordinates for study site and campsite locations.
- Any type of motorized equipment that will be used (outboard motor, chainsaw, etc.).
- Information regarding establishment of permanent plots (size, location, and type of marking).
- Do your studies require ground disturbance (i.e. digging).
- Do your studies require the collection of specimens? Will those specimens be destroyed in analysis?
- Does your study involve conducting surveys or interviews on parklands? (This requires additional clearance from the Office of Management and Budget, OMB).
- If you are a graduate student please list your major advisor as a co-investigator.
3. Links to additional information that might be useful in putting together your permit
- Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA)
All kinds of useful information can be found on this page including the link to the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System, the NPS Data Store where you can search for documents relating to the park you are interested in, NPSpecies which has a list on known species to occur in parks, Survey Request Tracking if you wish to conduct a social science survey in a park, and map services.
This site has all of the publically available NPS GIS data which can be searched for by park. Most of our information will be found under the Alaska Region and under the park code "WRST", some can be found under the "Alaska-wide themes". You can find airstrips, roads, conservation boundaries (Wilderness, Park, Preserve, etc.) and much more.
4. Once you have submitted your proposal: the Research Coordinator at the park will contact you to clarify any details or alert you to problems that might arise. The coordinator will meet with the park’s inter-disciplinary team (IDT) and shepherd your proposal through the evaluation process. The coordinator will provide you with updates periodically and is the person ultimately responsible for issuing your permit. In general, you can expect this process to take up to 3 months.
For More Information, please contact:
Research Coordinator: Morgan Ganz, Acting Research Coordinator
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
PO BOX 220
Telephone: (907) 822-7213