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Yellowstone Permit Conditions

Yellowstone Permit Conditions 2014

  1. You are responsible for the research-related activities of your staff. Please ensure that field staff adhere to all conditions of your permit. Field staff must possess a copy of your permit at all times while in the field.
  2. You are required to post, via the internet, your research trip itineraries on the Sunday prior to your trip. The following website has been established to facilitate this process: https://irma.nps.gov/rci/. Once working in the park, report all emergencies by calling 911.
  3. While conducting permitted field research activities (unless otherwise authorized by the Superintendent), park researchers are prohibited from possessing firearms. Researchers are also prohibited from bringing firearms in government buildings and in government vehicles (cars, boats, aircraft).
  4. Unless otherwise authorized on your permit, you must carry out all of your activities out of public view. If you have obtained special permission to work in public view, it will be noted on your permit-specific conditions. Please consult these conditions for further guidance.
  5. If you collect specimens that are to be permanently retained, regardless of where they are kept, they must be accessioned and cataloged into the National Park Service's catalog system, and must bear National Park Service accession and catalog numbers. For assistance, contact the Curator's Office at (307) 344-2267.
  6. All equipment left in the field including plot markers must be specifically authorized in advance. Label all equipment with your name, phone number, and the words "Research Study #XXXX." If you are authorized to place equipment or plot markers in Yellowstone, you will be required to GPS their locations.
  7. Your research permit does not authorize you to enter closed or restricted areas in Yellowstone. Examples of restricted areas include most service roads, carcass dump sites, bear management areas, thermal areas, some bird nesting areas, wolf den sites, and trout spawning areas.
  8. Cultural resources must not be adversely impacted by your research activities. Ground disturbance (e.g., digging) must be specifically authorized in advance. Report any archeological findings (artifacts, historical trash, rock cairns) to the Research Permit Office.
  9. The Permittee agrees to notify the Chief of Resources of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) of every subject discovery or invention that relates in any respect to research results derived from YNP research studies or use of any research specimens or other materials collected from YNP, or that may be patentable or otherwise protected under the intellectual property (IP) laws of the United States or other jurisdiction. Notification must occur within sixty (60) days of the time that an inventor or other agent of the Permittee reports such a subject discovery or invention to the person(s) responsible for patent or other proprietary rights matters in the Permittee's organization. Additionally, the Permittee agrees to notify the Chief of Resources of Yellowstone within thirty (30) days of filing any patent application or other IP claim in the United States or other country that relates in any respect to research results or other discoveries or inventions derived from YNP research studies or any research specimens or other materials collected from YNP. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "subject discovery or invention" means any discovery or invention related to or derived from YNP research studies, or research specimens or other materials collected from YNP. All invention disclosures shall be marked as confidential under 35 U.S.C. Section 205.
  10. Your permit does not authorize the bearer or those that accompany them to conduct commercial filming activities. Commercial film permits must be obtained from the Public Affairs Office (307-344-2013).
  11. Each year, investigators are required to submit copies of journal articles, theses, and dissertations that resulted from park research activities to the Research Permit Office. Documents should be submitted in pdf format, with the exception of theses/dissertations, which should be sent as bound documents.

Did You Know?

Fishing Bridge.

You cannot fish from Fishing Bridge. Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area. It is now a popular place to observe fish.