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The Superintendent's Compendium contains closures and use restrictions that help protect park resources and keep visitors safe. Learn more here!
General NPS statutes have moved from from Title 16 U.S Code to Title 54 U.S. Code. Learn why and how it impacts the National Park System here!
Learn more about the requirements for operating both manned and unmanned aircraft in the National Park Service.
What It Is The policies contained in Chapter 6: Wilderness Preservation and Management provide guidance in the management of designated, recommended, potential and proposed wilderness areas located within National Park Service lands. Covered topics include: Wilderness eligibility considerations Resource management Scientific activities Fire management Trails and campsites Signage Native American access and use Rights-of-way Why It
Policy Memorandum 13-01 establishes an updated policy for National Park Service (NPS) employees driving on official travel.
What It Is Reference Manual #18 – Wildland Fire Management contains the most detailed and comprehensive instructions for implementing servicewide wildland fire management programs for the National Park Service. The manual provides NPS field employees: Legal references, Operating policies, Standards, Procedures, General information, Recommendations, and Examples to assist them in carrying out NPS Management Policies and
The Reference Manual 60 - Aviation Management provides detailed guidance to NPS personnel engaged in aviation management activities.
On December 19, 2014 the U.S. Congress enacted Title 54 of the United States Code devoted solely to the laws applicable to the National Park Service.
This annotated list contains some of the many important laws that apply directly and indirectly to the daily operations of the National Park Service.
What It Is Reference Manual #41: Wilderness Stewardship provides comprehensive guidance to National Park Service employees responsible for managing and preserving wilderness character and wilderness resources throughout the NPS system. RM-41 serves as Level 3 guidance, and includes relevant legislation, regulations, Management Policies, other instructions or requirements issued through Director’s Order #41, as well as
Director's Order #50B provides guidelines for NPS employees in reference to managing risk on the job, no matter what position they hold.
What It Is Director’s Order 41 – Wilderness Stewardship provides accountability, consistency, and continuity in the National Park Service (NPS) wilderness stewardship program, and guides servicewide efforts in meeting the requirements of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131-1136). This Order clarifies, where necessary, specific provisions of Management Policies 2006 and establishes specific instructions and requirements.
Wilderness is a valuable resource and must be protected. This tool will help you determine whether a wilderness permit should be issued.