A 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. The types of activities permitted in each national preserve varies depending on the enabling legislation of the unit.
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.
- http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/designations.htm Designations of National Park System Units
- 16 USC 3201 - Administration of national preserves
- Trani, Margaret Katherine (2001). "Southern Forest Resource Assessment" (PDF). USDA Forest Service: 30.
- National Park Service - Big Cypress National Preserve
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