The Council on Environmental Quality describes the National Environmental Policy Act as our Nation's charter for protection of the environment. For major federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, an agency is required to prepare a document describing the environmental impact of the proposed action, any adverse environmental effects, alternatives to the proposed action, a description of the relationship between the short-term uses of the human environment and long-term productivity, and any irreversible and irretrievable commitment of resources caused by the action.
For information on the Management Plan and NEPA, please see our Management Plan EIS-NEPA factsheet.
The Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act is a useful resource for those that are not familiar with NEPA or the CEQ Regulations. This 45-page guide, published in December, 2007, describes the NEPA process and provides information on how citizens can get involved.