Researcher Resources for Specimen Collections
Procedures and Requirements for Threatened and Endangered Animal Tissue Samples Collected in ParksIf you propose or are permitted to collect threatened and endangered (T&E) animal tissue samples in parks, the following documents provide special guidance that you will need.
General Agreement between National Park Service and Smithsonian Institution for Custodianship of National Park Service Natural History CollectionsNPS-SI Agreement (373 KB PDF) - Parks may offer selected specimens to the Smithsonian Institution. If the Smithsonian accepts the offer, the Smithsonian will gain permanent custodial responsibility for the specimens, while NPS retains ownership responsibility.
Agreement between National Park Service and Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona, On Behalf of its Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research on Management of NPS Specimens Collected for Tree-Ring AnalysisNPS-Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (1.72 MB PDF) - This agreement covers natural history and cultural collections made on national park system lands for the purposes of tree-ring analysis and loaned to and stored and managed by the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. It also covers associated records. All past collections and future collections that NPS offers and LTRR accepts will be covered.
Agreement between the National Park Service and the American Type Culture CollectionNPS-ATCC Agreement (1.23 MB PDF) - This agreement covers living NPS biological collections (such as microorganisms) from parks that ATCC maintains as cultures in its "National Park Service Special Collection" and distributes upon request to the scientific community. Procedures for deposit and distribution to third parties are on the ATCC website. First Amendment (54 KB PDF), Second Amendment (121KB PDF), Third Amendment (1.3 MB PDF).
Last updated: August 2, 2018