Conservation of Resources Law & Legal Definition


The term natural resources encompasses land, fish, wildlife, biota, air, water, ground water, drinking water supplies, and other such resources belonging to, managed by, held in trust by, relating to, or otherwise controlled by the United States, any State or local government. Various federal legislation, such as the Code of Federal Regulations, govern conservation of resources efforts. Some states have a  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or similar government body, whose duties vary by state, but may include:

  1. To protect, conserve and increase the wildlife of the state and to administer all laws relating to wildlife and the protection, conservation and increase thereof;
  2. To make exploration, surveys, studies and reports concerning the wildlife, state parks and monuments and historical sites in the state and to publish such thereof as will be of general interest;
  3. To maintain, supervise, operate and control all state parks, monuments and historical sites;
  4. To maintain, supervise, operate and control all state lands other than those specifically committed to the use or control of some other department, board, bureau, commission, agency, office or institution of the state;
  5. To cooperate with and enter into cooperative agreements and stipulations with the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States or any other federal officer or department, board, bureau, commission, agency or office thereunto authorized with respect to wildlife restoration projects, the carrying on of an educational program in connection therewith, the collection and publication of data with respect to wildlife, state parks and the monuments and historical sites or any other matters committed to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by this title and to make and enforce all regulations and restrictions required for such cooperation, agreements or stipulations;
  6. To carry on a program of education and public enlightenment with respect to the wildlife and other natural resources, state parks and the monuments and historical sites;
  7. To make an annual report to the Governor concerning the activities and accomplishments of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the preceding fiscal year; and
  8. To recommend to the Legislature such legislation as may be needed further to protect, conserve, increase or to make available or useful the wildlife and other natural resources, state parks and the monuments and historical sites of the state.