Preservation of Wilderness and Wildlife Law and Legal Definition

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the government to ensure safe, healthful, productive and aesthetically pleasing surroundings and protect important aspects of the national heritage. The federal government has three land preservation categories: the National Park System, the National Wilderness Preservation System, and the National Wildlife Refuge. Federal legislation protects each of these three areas from spoliation, degradation, and misuse.