The National Park Service (NPS) has released a draft Director’s Order that outlines policies and procedures that would allow the agency to share in the benefits of research conducted in a national park. The order would implement practices to allow NPS to receive “monetary or other benefits from a discovery or invention with a commercial application resulting from research originating under an NPS Scientific Research and Collecting Permit” or other permits.

The decision is an outgrowth of several commercial applications of scientific discoveries made in national parks, the most notable being the invention of polymerase chain reaction from the study of a microorganism discovered in Yellowstone National Park.

Public comments are being accepted through 22 January 2013. More information is available at


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