A variety of mineral rights exist in and near National Park System units. The NPS works with the owners of mineral rights, as well as with other federal and state agencies and stakeholders to mitigate the potential adverse effects of energy and mineral development on park resources and values. Mineral development in or near parks includes oil and gas, coal and hardrock mining, sand and gravel mining, and geothermal. The NPS also addresses utility scale renewable energy and electric transmission projects near parks.
Last updated: January 9, 2017