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Unique geology, diverse flora and fauna, and a long record of human habitation all provide opportunities to increase the scientific knowledge about the natural and cultural resources found here. The National Park Service recognizes the scientific value of parks and encourages research when it is consistent with NPS policies

An additional emphasis on research here is the designation of Big Bend National Park as a Biosphere Reserve in 1976. The United Nations "Man and the Biosphere" program fosters harmonious relationships between humans and the biosphere through domestic and international cooperation in interdisciplinary research.

Big Bend is one of the most studied parks in the National Park System. Each spring, research from the past year is summarized in an Annual Investigator's Report.

Applying for a Resource Activity Permit

All investigators interested in conducting research in national parks MUST apply for a resource activity permit. The link below provides information on applying for a resource activity permit:


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Last updated: February 24, 2015

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Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129


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