These resources are intended to provide an introduction to some of the regulatory acts and institutional bodies that are broadly applicable to land management in the Great Basin but do not fit into the other categories listed under National Resources.

Environmental Protection Agency - EPA’s “Agriculture Regulatory Matrix”
This website provides a link to the EPA regulatory matrix titled, Major Existing EPA Laws and Programs That Could Affect Agricultural Producers. This document provides a succinct, general description of the EPA’s requirements for both regulatory and voluntary EPA programs. This compliance assistance tool should be used by agricultural producers, federal and state regulators, and third party information providers who provide some of the most important information about environmental requirements which affect the agricultural community. Additionally, the site provides a list of major statutes containing the most important environmental requirements that affect the agricultural community with links to obtain more information.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Home
NEPA requires federal agencies to consider the potential environmental impacts of their proposed actions as well as reasonable alternatives.  To maintain compliance federal agencies are required to file an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for approval by the EPA before undertaking projects with potential environmental effects.  This website provides extensive information on the Act itself, information on compliance and enforcement, and lists of current and previously approved EIS’s.

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
This document details laws and regulations on preserving historic properties significant to the Nation’s heritage that are being lost or substantially altered and that are irreplaceable to the American people. Land owners and managers may want to consider reading this information before implementing treatments that may disturb the soil and/or potential archeological or historic sites and artifacts.

NRCS: National Conservation Practice Standards
This website provides a list of NRCS National Conservation Practice Standards related to a great variety of land management activities along with information about how the standards can be used to meet management goals. At the bottom of the National Conservation Practice Standards homepage is a table that contains a list of Conservation Practice names along with links to documents describing why and where a practice is used, criteria that must be met to achieve desired results, and guidance on how application of the practice will affect resources. This page also contains links to NRCS state offices that can help individuals develop conservation practice standards that meet the criteria of their state and local area.

NRCS Electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG)
Technical guides are the primary scientific references for NRCS. They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources. Field Office Technical Guides (FOTGs) are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. The NRCS eFOTG website provides electronic access to technical guide information including 1) General References, 2) Soil and Site Information, 3) Conservation Management Systems, 4) Practice Standards and Specifications, and 5) Conservation Effects.

Rangelands West
This site is being built as part of the Agriculture Network Information Center with the goal of making a wide range of relevant resources available on the web.  The information can be searched by topic or by state covering all of the western states and topics ranging from “Rangelands and How They Work” to “Rural Communities and Ranch Economics.”

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