1963 - Clean Air Act Federal land managers, including the NPS, are required by the Clean Air Act to prevent the significant deterioration of air quality in places of special natural, recreational, scenic, or historic value. Capitol Reef’s pristine night skies are also protected by the Clean Air Act.
1966 - National Historic Preservation Act Provides for the preservation of significant scientific, historic, and archeological material and data that might be lost or destroyed by federally sponsored projects. This law guides and frames what projects are done in Capitol Reef National Park.
1969 - Boundaries of Capitol Reef National Monument expanded by 600% through executive order (Presidential Proclamation 3888 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson).
1969 - Endangered Species Conservation Act (ESCA - predecessor to the Endangered Species Act).
1970 - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the federal government to conduct an environmental impact study every time it wants to build, approve, or renovate. This act impacts all potential projects in Capitol Reef.
1970 - Peregrine falcons (found in Capitol Reef) listed as an endangered species (through the ESCA)
1972 - Clean Water Act This law is designed to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters, including the waters of the national park system. Capitol Reef’s perennial waterways and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act.
1990 - Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) requires federal agencies to return Native American cultural items to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated tribes, as well as making it a criminal offense to traffic in Native American human remains. This law guided the repatriation of three bison-hide shields to the Navajo Nation in 2003.
1996-1997 - Forty more Desert Bighorn Sheep are reintroduced to Capitol Reef from Canyonlands National Park.
1998 - National Park Service Omnibus bill states that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests do not have to release information on threatened and endangered plants and animals.
1999 - Peregrine falcons are removed from the Endangered Species list due to conservation efforts backed by the ESA, the ban on DDT, and release captive-bred birds into the wild.
2000 - Today
2000 - Park visitation is 612,656.2006—The Gifford House begins selling locally made pies.
2009 - Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 establishes National Landscape Conservation System, designates new wilderness areas on federal lands, and increases protection for paleontological resources (fossils), among other things.
2011 - Park staff begin planning new visitor center exhibits.2013—Leah McGinnis becomes first woman superintendent of Capitol Reef.
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