National Environmental Policy Act
Reference Handbook

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Welcome to the Fish and Wildlife Service's on-line version of the NEPA Reference Handbook. The purpose of this Handbook is to provide Service personnel with the full text of various NEPA and NEPA-related authorities, checklists, and samples for the preparation and review of environmental documents. The Handbook includes documents cited in Service NEPA guidance and Departmental procedures and memoranda.

Click HERE to see the Fish and Wildlife Service's Draft Manual Chapters on the National Environmental Policy Act compliance (550 FW Chapters 1 and 2).

The files in this Handbook are provided in Adobe's portable document format (.pdf). The pages are also linked within the .pdf format. To read or print these documents, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader set up as a plug-in to your browser.

Click here to proceed to the Table of Contents for the Service's NEPA Reference Handbook. (CEQ's 40 Most Asked Questions are linked in groups of 10, thereby requiring some scrolling to reach many questions.)