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What is the USGS policy about coming onto private property to conduct research?

When conducting research on private property, United States Geological Survey (USGS) employees must comply with State and Tribal laws, including trespassing and privacy laws. USGS employees are required to obtain permission from the landowner when conducting new research and must make the data available at the landowner's request.

Learn more: USGS Survey Manual: Obtaining Permission for Access to Private Lands