NPS Director's Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis and Decision Making
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1.0 Introduction

1.1 The DO-12 Handbook and Director's Order
1.2 Intent of NEPA and NPS Mission
1.3 Actions Requiring NEPA Analysis
1.4 NEPA Fundamentals
1.5 Timing of NEPA
1.6 Specificity of Data Needed — Plans and Projects

2.0 Overview of the NEPA Process

2.1 The analysis Process
2.2 Purpose and Need for Action
2.3 Defining the Proposal
2.4 Connected, Cumulative, and Similar Actions
2.5 NEPA Issues
2.6 Internal Scoping
2.7 Alternatives
2.8 Affected Environment
2.9 Impacts
2.10 Determining the Appropriate NEPA Pathway
2.11 Using Contractors
2.12 The administrative Record
2.13 Working with Other Agencies
2.14 Emergency Actions

3.0 Categorical Exclusions

3.1 Definition
3.2 Process to Follow
3.3 CEs for Which No Formal Documentation is Necessary
3.4 CEs for Which a Record is Needed
3.5 Exceptions to CEs
3.6 Using the CE Lists
3.7 Public Involvement
3.8 Administrative Process
3.9 Consideration of Multiple Actions

4.0 Environmental Impact Statements

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Criteria for Significant Impact
4.3 Ongoing or Continuing Action
4.4 Actions that Normally Require an EIS
4.5 EIS Format
4.6 The Final EIS
4.7 Supplements to Draft and Final EISs
4.8 Public Involvement Requirements
4.9 Administrative Process of Review and EISs
4.10 Terminating the EIS Process

5.0 Environmental Assessments

5.1 Introduction
5.2 When to Prepare an EA
5.3 Length of an EA
5.4 Format and Content of an EA
5.5 Public Involvement
5.6 Administrative Process of Review of EAs

6.0 Decision Documents

6.1 Categorical Exclusions
6.2 Record of Decision
6.3 FONSI
6.4 NEPA after the Decision Document

7.0 Programmatic Documents and Planning

7.1 Is NEPA Triggered by Plans?
7.2 When to Begin NEPA on Plans
7.3 Feasibility and Planning
7.4 Tiering
7.5 Programs and Policies
7.6 Long-Term Resource Management

8.0 NPS Review of Non-NPS NEPA Documents

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Comment Requirements
8.3 Review Deadlines and Extension Requests
8.4 Departmental Comment Letters
8.5 Review Guidelines for EISs
8.6 Style and Format for Environmental Review Comments

9.0 Definitions and Acronyms

Appendix 1: Environmental Screening Form

Appendix 2: Categorical Exclusion Form

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