Researchers are required to follow the below terms and conditions in conjunction with the issuance of their research permit.
Leave No Trace
You must minimize the impacts of your research on the park’s natural and cultural resources.
Study And Permit Number
Please label all reports, data, and other deliverables with your study number and permit number, both of which appear on your permit. This will help us track your documents in our museum collections.
Annual And Final Reports And Publications
You are required to submit an Investigator’s Annual Report (IAR) each year, within 90 days of the end of the calendar year. At the end of your research project, you must also submit a Final Report
We ask that you share your data, preferably by archiving it in a permanent repository, such as those participating in DataONE (http://dataone.org/contribute-data), and sharing with us a link to the data and metadata. DataONE also has excellent guidelines and tools for managing, sharing, and archiving data.
As soon as practicable, send the Science Coordinator and Science Information and Communications Manager the specific latitude and longitude, using the WGS84 datum, of your research site(s). This will help us track research sites to avoid conflicting uses of the land. You are also required to submit all final GIS data layers and associated metadata developed as a result of your research. “Base layers,” such as USGS roads, shorelines, streams, etc., do not need to be submitted unless (a) you have modified them drastically or (b) you have made changes that pertain to your study that
Travel and safety
Travel within the park is restricted to methods that are available to the general public unless otherwise specified in this permit. You must file safety and travel plans with your collaborator or employer to facilitate your safety and rescue should you not return after work. We also encourage you to file your safety and trip plans with your park liaison prior to conducting your fieldwork in the park. This applies especially to backcountry travel and travel by boat.
Carrying and displaying permit
Everyone in your research team must carry a copy of the signed research permit while working in the park. A copy of the permit should also be displayed visibly in your parked vehicle.
Other permits and IACUC
You must obtain all other required permits to conduct the specified project. If you are working with vertebrates, you must obtain approval from the NPS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Contact the Science Coordinator and the Science Information and Communications Manager to start this process.
Permanent markers and field equipment
Please do not use flagging. Flagging found in the park may be taken down. All structures and materials placed in the field must be clearly marked with your name, institution, and permit number—
If you encounter archeological resources, stop work at that site immediately and notify the Chief of Resource Management.
You should not anticipate assistance from the NPS unless specific arrangements are made and documented in either a stipulation attached to this permit or in other written agreements.
Last updated: May 25, 2022