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We are resuming our external research permit request process.

Due to ongoing COVID related restrictions, not all permit requests may be approved at this time. Permit requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be approved based on research priority, site access and COVID related restrictions. Please allow at least 4 weeks for review.

Midpen manages land preserves to protect and restore the natural environment. Each year, many people request permission to conduct fieldwork on the preserves that supports science, conservation, restoration, or the monitoring of environmental quality.  When such activities are compatible with our mission, we provide limited permission to conduct fieldwork on the preserves. 

  • Usually the fieldwork relates to one of the following topics: conservation biology, natural resource management, biology, environmental sciences, ecology, or related studies. 
  • Successful permit applicants are expected to make their findings accessible to the public and Midpen through reports, publications, and/or presentations. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate a well-constructed research/project proposal, knowledge of the topic, a schedule for reporting, and a thorough plan to avoid potential adverse impacts to the environment that could be caused by the fieldwork

If your project falls within these guidelines, please complete the Fieldwork Permit Application below. To expedite the review process, please be as complete and informative as possible in completing the form. Please allow a minimum of FOUR weeks for permit review.

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