Land Use: A Powerful Determinant of Sustainable & Healthy Communities

The EPA has limited authority over private and public land use decisions; however, both
regulatory and non-regulatory policies and practices of the EPA can have considerable
impact on public health, natural resource management, environmental protection, and
economic activity. The Department of Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture both have major
jurisdiction and responsibility for land use and preservation of natural resources. The
Department of Interior includes the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US
Fish and Wildlife Service, Geological Survey, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of
Reclamation; the U.S. Department of Agriculture includes the U.S. Forest Service.