National Park Service

ADVISORY COMMITTEES

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Congress passed the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) in 1972 to create an orderly procedure by which Federal agencies may seek advice and assistance from citizens. In general, any council, panel, conference, task force, or similar group utilized by NPS officials for the purpose of obtaining consensus advice or recommendations on issues or policies will likely fall within the purview of FACA.

 

The Office of Policy works closely with the park or region to process nominations for appointment of members by the Secretary and to prepare a charter under which each committee will function. The National Park Service Guide to the Federal Advisory Committee Act will acquaint you with the standard procedures for establishing and renewing advisory committees and how FACA applies to NPS management activities. Listed below are the current NPS advisory committees.  The charter for each committee can be viewed from the committee title.

 

The Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) has oversight responsibility within the Executive Branch for FACA implementation. These oversight responsibilities are carried out through the operations of the Committee Management Secretariat located within the GSA.  Further helpful information regarding FACA, including relevant laws, regulations, and statistical data, is available on the GSA Committee Management Secretariat web site.  FACA Annual Reports (fiscal year) for all Federal agency advisory committees also may be viewed at this web site.  Within each fiscal year for which data is provided, the reports for NPS committees are accessed alphabetically from the comprehensive committee list for the Department of the Interior.

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Alaska Region

 

Denali National Park and Preserve Aircraft Overflights Advisory Council

Established by authority of the Secretary of the Interior under Section 3 of Public Law 91-383, the purpose of the Council is to advise the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the National Park Service, on matters relating to mitigation of impacts from aircraft overflights at Denali National Park and Preserve.  The Council will develop voluntary measures for assuring the safety of passengers, pilots, and mountaineers and for achieving desired future resource conditions at Denali National Park and Preserve.

 

National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commissions.  Public Law 96-487, December 2, 1980, established National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commissions to devise and recommend to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting in seven national park units within the State of Alaska. The programs are to be prepared using technical information and other pertinent data assembled or produced by necessary field studies or investigations conducted jointly or separately by the technical and administrative personnel of the State of Alaska and the U.S. Department of the Interior; information submitted by, and after consultation with the appropriate local advisory committees and federal regional advisory councils and any testimony received in a public hearing or hearings held by the Commission prior to preparation of the plan at a convenient location or  locations in the vicinity of the national monument.  Each year thereafter, each Commission, after consultation with the appropriate local committees and federal regional advisory councils, considering all relevant data and holding one or more additional hearings in the vicinity of the monument, is to make   recommendations to the Secretary and the Governor for any changes in the program or its implementation which the Commission deems necessary.  In view of the objectives scope and purposes of the Commissions they are expected to continue beyond the foreseeable future. 

 

National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission¾Aniakchak National Monument  Devises and recommends to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Aniakchak National Monument.

 

National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission¾Cape Krusenstern National Monument  Devises and recommends to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Cape Krusenstern National Monument.

  

National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission¾Denali National Park

Devises and recommends to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Denali National.

 

National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission¾Gates of the Arctic National Park

Devises and recommends to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Gates of the Arctic National Park.

 

National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission¾Kobuk Valley National Park

Devises and recommends to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Kobuk Valley National Park.

 

National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission¾Lake Clark National Park

Devises and recommends to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Lake Clark National Park

 

National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission¾Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Devises and recommends to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

 

 

Intermountain Region

Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah

 

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program Advisory Council

Established by authority of the Secretary of the Interior under Section 3 of Public Law 91-383, the Council is to advise the Secretary on matters relating to the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program including recommendations for ways to best preserve important properties along Route 66, recommendations for grant and cost-share awards to eligible applicants owning or administering historic properties along the Route 66 Corridor and recommendations for technical assistance provided by the National Park Service to partners along the route. The Council will terminate upon August 10, 2009.

 

 

Midwest Region

Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio,

South Dakota, Wisconsin 

 

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Advisory Committee

Established by Public Law 104-333, the Committee advises the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the National Park Service concerning the development, management, and interpretation of the Preserve, including timely advice during the preparation of the general management plan for the Preserve.  The Committee’s work will be ongoing for at least 5 years.  There is no statutory termination date for the Committee.

 

 

National Capital Region

District of Columbia (National Capital Region also administers several National Park System units in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia

and West Virginia)

 

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council

Authorized by the National Trails System Act, as amended, and Title 1, Section 133 of Public Law 109-418, December 21, 2006, the purpose of the Council is to consult with the Secretary of the Interior from time to time with respect to matters relating to the trail, including but not limited to, the development of a comprehensive plan, the selection of rights-of-way, standards for the erection and maintenance of markers along the trail, and the administration of the trial.

 

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission

Established by Public Law 91-664, January 8, 1971, as amended by Public law 101-320, July 3, 1990, the Commission meets and consults with the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee, on general policies and specific matters related to the administration and development of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.  The statutory term of the Commission expired January 8, 2011.

 

Committee for the Preservation of the White House

Established by Executive Order 11145 (March 7, 1964), as amended, the Committee reports to the President of the United States and advises the Director of the National Park Service regarding the maintenance of the White House as a public monument.  The Committee makes recommendations concerning articles of furniture, fixtures, and decorative objects for the public rooms best suited to enhance the historic and artistic values of the White House.  The Committee is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

 

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Established by Public Law 102-211, December 11, 1991, the Commission is to fully participate in an advisory capacity with the Secretary of the Interior in the development of a General Management Plan for the historic site.  The Commission will also, as often as necessary, but at least semiannually, meet and consult with the Secretary on matters relating to the management and development of the historic site.  The Commission is expected to exist into the foreseeable future.

 

Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Advisory Council

Authorized by the National Trails System Act, as amended, as amended through Public Law 111-11, March 30, 2009 (16 U.S.C §§ 1241 to 1251, as amended), the purpose of the Council is to consult with the Secretary of the Interior on matters relating to the trail, including but not limited to, the development of a comprehensive plan, the selection of rights-of-way, standards for the erection and maintenance of markers along the trail, and the administration of the trial.

 

 

Northeast Region

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

 

Acadia National Park Advisory Commission

The Commission was established by Section 103 of Public Law 99-420, September 25, 1986, as amended by Public Law 110-229, Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, May 8, 2008.  The purpose of the Commission is to consult with Secretary of the Interior on matters relating to the management and development of Acadia National Park including but limited to the acquisition of lands and interests in lands (including conservation easements on islands), and termination of rights of use and occupancy.  The Commission will terminate September 25, 2026.

 

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Advisory Council

Established pursuant to Public Law 104-333, November 12, 1996, the Council represents various groups with interests in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and makes recommendations to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership on issues related to the development and implementation of the integrated resources management plan for the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.  In addition, two members of the Council are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to the Partnership as voting members and two are appointed as voting alternates.  The Council is expected to remain in existence for as long as the Partnership remains in existence, or until terminated by act of Congress.

 

Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission

Established by Public Law 87-126 (August 7, 1961), as amended by Public Law 105-280, the Commission consults with the Secretary of the Interior, or the Secretary’s designee, with respect to matters relating to the development of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and with respect to carrying out the provisions of Section 4 and 5 of the Act establishing the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Additionally, the advice of the Commission is sought before the issuance of permits for industrial or commercial use of property within the Seashore, and before the establishment of any public use area for recreational activity within the Seashore, and any proposed action which would create a substantive change in natural conditions or in existing structures within the Seashore.  The Commission will terminate September 26, 2008.

 

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Advisory Commission

Established by Public Law 107-373, December 19, 2002, the Commission advises the Secretary of the Interior on the preparation and implementation of a general management plan and advises the Secretary with respect to the identification of sites of significance outside the Park boundary deemed necessary to fulfill the purposes of the Act.  There is no statutory termination date for the Commission.  The Commission is expected to continue beyond the foreseeable future.

 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Citizen Advisory Commission

Established by Public Law 100-573 (October 31, 1998), as amended, the Commission advises the Secretary of the Interior on matters pertaining to the management and operation of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, as well as on matters affecting the recreation area and its surrounding communities.  The Commission terminated October 31, 2008.

 

Flight 93 Advisory Commission

Established by the “Flight 93 National Memorial Act,” Public Law 107-226 to assist with consideration and formulation of plans for a permanent memorial to the passengers and crew of Flight 93, including its nature, design, and construction.  The preponderance of its duties are advisory in nature.

 

Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Commission

Established by authority of the Secretary of the Interior under Section 3 of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-2(c)), the purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the National Park Service, on the development of a reuse plan and matters relating to future uses of the Fort Hancock Historic District of Gateway National Recreation area.

Gettysburg National Park Advisory Commission

Established by Section 5 of Public Law 101-377, August 17, 1990, the Commission advises the Secretary of the Interior on the coordination of the management of the Gettysburg National Park and Gettysburg Battlefield Historic District with local governmental jurisdictions.  The Commission is expected to exist into the foreseeable future.

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Advisory Commission

This Commission was established by Title VII, Subtitle A, Section 7001(b) of the Public Law 111-11, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, March 30, 2009.  The purpose of the Commission is to advise the Secretary of the Interior in the development and implementation of the management plan.

 

Pacific West Region

American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

 

Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission

Established by Public Law 96-565, December 22, 1980, the Secretary of the Interior consults with and seeks the advice of the Commission with respect to the development and operation of the park including training programs.  The Commission advises the Secretary concerning public visitation to the park; and such advice with respect to numbers of visitors shall be binding upon the Secretary if the commission certifies to the Secretary that such advice is based on a referendum, held under the auspices of the Commission, of all patients on the official Kalaupapa Registry.  The Commission will terminate December 22, 2025.

 

Na Hoa Pili O Kaloko-Honokohau “The Friends of Kaloko-Honokohau” National Historical Park Advisory Commission

Established by Public Law 104-333, November 12, 1996, the Commission advises the Director, National Park Service, with respect to the historical, archeological, cultural, and interpretive programs of the park.  The Commission is to afford particular emphasis to the quality of traditional native Hawaiian culture demonstrated in the park.  The Commission will terminate December 31, 2018. 

 

National Park of American Samoa Advisory Board

The Board is to advise the Secretary of the Interior regarding the management of the National Park of American Samoa.  It is anticipated that the Board will continue beyond the foreseeable future.  The Commission is expected to exist into the foreseeable future.

 

Southeast Region

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,

Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands

 

Big Cypress National Preserve Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee

Established by authority of the Secretary of the Interior under Section 3 of Public Law 91-383, the purpose of the Committee is to examine issues and make recommendations regarding the management of Off-Road Vehicles in Big Cypress National Preserve. 

 

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Advisory Commission

Established by Public Law 100-206, the Commission provides advice to the Secretary of the Interior on achieving balanced and accurate interpretation of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.  The Commission is expected to exist into the foreseeable future.

 

Selma to Montgomery National Historical Trail Advisory Council

Established by Public Law 90-543, October 2, 1968, as amended; and Public Law 104-333, November 12, 1996, the Council consults with the Secretary of the Interior on the development of a comprehensive plan and other matters relating to the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, including standards for erection of markers, interpretation and administration of the trail.  The Council terminated December 14, 2008.

 

Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee

Established by the authority of the Secretary of the Interior under Section 5 of Public Law 106-299, October 13, 2000, the Committee is to assist in the development of the comprehensive management plan for the Wekiva River System and provide advice to the Secretary in carrying out the management responsibilities of the Secretary under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  The Committee will continue concurrent with designation of the Wekiva River as a National Wild and Scenic River.

 

Washington DC Office (WASO)

 

Cold War Advisory Committee 

This Committee was established by Title VII, Subtitle C, Section 7201 of the Public Law 111-11, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, March 30, 2009.  The purpose of the Committee is to assist the Secretary of the Interior in the preparation of a national historic landmark theme study to identify sites and resources significant to the Cold War.

 

National Park Service Concessions Management Advisory Board

Established by Public Law 105-391, November 13, 1998, the Board advises the Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service on matters relating to management of concessions in the National Park System.  The Board will terminate on December 31, 2008.

                                         

National Park System Advisory Board

Established by Section 3 of the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 667; 16 U.S.C. 463), as amended by Public Law 104-333, November 12, 1996, the Board advises   the Director of the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior on matters relating to the National Park Service, the National Park System, and programs administered by the National Park Service, including the administration of the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act; the designation of national historic landmarks and national natural landmarks; and the national historic significance of proposed national historic trails.  The statutory authority for the Board expired January 1, 2007, thus terminating the Board. Legislative or administrative action will be necessary to re-establish the Board.

 

Native american graves protection and repatriation review committee

Established by Public Law 101-601, August 2, 1991, the Committee monitors and reviews the implementation of the inventory and identification processes and repatriation activities required under Sections 5, 6, and 7 of the Law. The Committee is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.  The Committee will terminate at the end of the 120-day period beginning on the day the Secretary certifies, in a report submitted to Congress, that the work of the Committee has been completed.

 

Preservation Technology and Training Board

Established by Public Law 102-575, the Board advises the Secretary of the Interior regarding the operations of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, located at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Board (1) provides leadership, policy advice, and professional oversight to the Center; (2) advises the Secretary on priorities and the allocation of grants among the activities of the Center; and (3) submits an annual report to the President and the Congress.  The Board is expected to remain in existence for as long as the Center remains in existence, or until terminated by act of Congress.