As the Nation’s principal conservation agency, the Department of theInterior has responsibility for most of our nationally owned publiclands and natural resources. This includes fostering the wisest use ofour land and water resources, protecting our fish and wildlife, preserv-ing the environmental and cultural values of our national parks andhistorical places, and providing for the enjoyment of life through out-door recreation. The Department assesses our energy and mineralresources and works to assure that their development is in the bestinterests of all our people. The Department also has a major respon-sibility for American Indian reservation communities and for peoplewho live in Island Territories under U.S. Administration.
First Printing: October 1963Revised: July 1963Reprinted: April 1966Reprinted: July 1970Reprinted: June 1975Reprinted: December 1976Reprinted: January 1978Reprinted: April 1980Reprinted: March 1983Reprinted: June 1986Reprinted: August 1990U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICEWASHINGTON :