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Title 54 – What it Means to You

What it is

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. Title 54 of the U.S. Code includes only laws applicable to the National Park Service. This allows for better organization of our laws and the use of consistent language throughout the title.

Why it Matters

Many of you are used to finding our service-wide laws, like the National Park Service Organic Act, in Title 16 of the U.S. Code. However, Title 16 was becoming too large and disorganized. Additionally, it includes laws from multiple land management and other federal agencies. Title 54 now makes searching and finding service-wide laws much easier.

Additional Information

The Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs (OLCA) has prepared a PowerPoint presentation on Title 54. You are encouraged to contact your regional solicitor’s office or OLCA if you have further questions.

National Park laws and their location in Title 54, United States Code:

  • National Park Service Organic Act – 54 USC 100101(a), 100301 et seq. (pp. 3 through 4 of P.L. 113-287)
  • National Park System General Authorities Act – 54 USC 100101(b) et seq. (pp. 3)
  • Antiquities Act of 1906 – 54 USC 320301 through 320303 (pp. 166 through 168)
  • Historic Sites, Buildings and Antiquities Act, 1935 – 54 USC 320101 et seq. (begins on p. 164)
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 – 54 USC 200301 through 200310 (pp. 78 through 87)
  • Mining in the Parks Act – 54 USC 100731 through 100737 (pp. 16 through 18)
  • Museum Act – 54 USC 102501 through 102504 (pp. 64 through 66)
  • National Historic Preservation Act – 54 USC 300101 et seq. (begins on p. 94)
  • National Park Service Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998 – 54 USC 101911 through 101926 (pp. 45 through 59)
  • System Unit Resource Protection Act (SURPA)
  • National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 – 54 USC 100701 et seq. (begins on p. 12)
  • Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969 – 54 USC 102301 (pp. 60 through 61)

Other, non-named laws that we use frequently include:

  • On firearms – 54 USC 104906 (pp. 75 through 76)
  • On commercial filming fees – 54 USC 100905 (pp. 24 through 25)
  • On special park use cost recovery – 54 USC 103104 (p. 72)
  • On rights-of-way (for both power and communication facilities, and public utilities) – 54USC 100902 (pp. 20 through 22)
  • On the sale of products/services produced in living exhibits/interp. demonstrations – 54 USC 101702(c) (p. 42)

Reflection

  • Try searching through Title 54 for laws that specifically apply to your work with the NPS. Did you find anything that surprised you and why?

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