A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes appropriate commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. The term of a CUA may not exceed two (2) years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided. The term of a CUA at Buffalo National River is for one year. Commercial Use Authorizations are NOT concessions contracts and are not transferrable. CUAs are intended to provide a simple means to authorize appropriate commercial services to visitors in Park areas. CUAs at Buffalo National River, as a general rule, (1) do not use fixed commercial facilities within a National Park unit, (2) the commercial activity originates and terminates outside the park area, (3) no money changes hands on park lands, and (4) no commercial solicitation occurs on park lands.
Laws, Regulations, and Policies
Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, Sec. 418 - see page 20 of PDF
NPS Management Policies, Sec. 10.3
Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Interim Guidelines
Suspension, Restriction, Revocation, Denial Policy (CUA)
Buffalo National River Superintendent Compendium 2014
RM83F Backcountry Food Service Guidelines