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National preserve

National Preserve is a type of National Park Service protected area designated by the United States Congress that has characteristics normally associated with U.S. National Parks but where certain natural resource-extractive activities such as fishing, hunting, mining, and oil/gas exploration and extraction are permitted.[1] The types of activities permitted in each national preserve varies depending on the enabling legislation of the unit.[2]

The first national preserve in the U.S. was Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas, followed soon after by Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, both established in 1974.[3][4]

National preserves in Alaska were created by a provision of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, allowing only regulated hunting, fishing and trapping for sport and subsistence purposes.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Designations of National Park System Units
  2. ^ a b 16 USC 3201 - Administration of national preserves
  3. ^ Trani, Margaret Katherine (2001). "Southern Forest Resource Assessment" (PDF). USDA Forest Service. p. 30. 
  4. ^ National Park Service - Big Cypress National Preserve

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