• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Laws & Policies

Superintendent's Compendium


The compendium
(pdf, 1.93 MB) is a document that lists special designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority of the superintendent.


"For nearly 100 years, the mission of the National Park Service has been to protect and preserve the parks and to help all visitors enjoy them," National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis Said. "We will administer this law as we do all others - fairly and consistently." - In regards to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.

 

Enabling Legislation


On September 13, 1961, an act authorizing the establishment of the Fort Smith National Historic Site in the State of Arkansas came into legislation... [for the purpose of] preservation ... the original Fort Smith established in 1817 on Belle Point at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers, together with such adjoining property as the Secretary [of the Interior] may deem necessary... (view Enabling Legislation)

 

Federal Laws

Laws are created by Congress and establish the highest order of legal authority over National Parks. More...

  • Many laws, including the 1916 Organic Act that created the National Park Service, affect all areas managed by the National Park Service
  • Enabling legislation are the laws passed by congress that establish and define the park and its purposes.
  • Service-wide policy for the National Park Service is developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks. More...
 
 

Did You Know?

Portrait of Anna Dawes

A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.