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B. Superintendent's Compendium
I. 36 CFR§ 1.5 - Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, and Area Designations for Specific Use or Activities
II. 36 CFR§ 1.6 - Activities that Require a Permit
III. General Regulations
36 CFR§ 2.1 - Preservation of Cultural, Natural, and Archeological Resources
36 CFR§ 2.2 - Wildlife Protection
36 CFR§ 2.3 - Fishing
36 CFR§ 2.4 - Weapons, Traps, and Nets
36 CFR§ 2.10 - Camping and Food Storage
36 CFR§ 2.11 - Picnicking
36 CFR§ 2.13 - Fires
36 CFR§ 2.14 - Sanitation and Refuse
36 CFR§ 2.15 - Pets3
6 CFR§ 2.16 - Horses and Pack Animals
36 CFR§ 2.17 - Aircraft and Air Delivery
36 CFR§ 2.18 - Snowmobiles
36 CFR§ 2.19 - Winter Activities
36 CFR§ 2.20 - Skating, Skateboards, and Similar Devices
36 CFR§ 2.21 - Smoking36
CFR§ 2.22 - Property
36 CFR§ 2.23 - Recreation Fees
36 CFR§ 2.35 - Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances
36 CFR§ 2.38 - Explosives3
6 CFR§ 2.62 - Memorialization
36 CFR§ 3.3 - Vessel Permits
36 CFR§ 3.7 - Personal Floatation Devices
36 CFR§ 3.8 - Boating Operations
36 CFR§ 3.12 - Water Skiing
36 CFR§ 3.16 - Swimming and Bathing
36 CFR§ 3.17 - Swimming Areas and Beaches
36 CFR§ 3.18 - Scuba and Snorkeling
36 CFR§ 4.10 - Traveling on Park Roads and Routes
36 CFR§ 4.11 - Vehicle Load, Weight and Size Limits
36 CFR§ 4.21 - Speed Limits
36 CFR§ 4.30 - Bicycles
36 CFR§ 4.31 - Hitchhiking
36 CFR§ 7.35 - Buffalo National River Special Regulations
Kyles Landing/Camp Orr
Tyler Bend/Grinders Ferry
Grinders Ferry/Shine Eye/Gilbert
North Maumee/South Maumee
Buffalo Point/Dillards Ferry
1. Superintendent's Compendium Described
The Superintendent's Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). It serves as public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation , and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park. The Superintendent's Compendium does not repeat regulations found in 36 CFR and other United States Code and CFR Titles, which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.
The regulations contained in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, are the basic mechanism used by the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the park and to protect visitors and property within the park. Parts 1 through 6 are general regulations applicable to all areas of the National Park system, and Part 7 contains special regulations specific to individual parks. Each of these Parts has many sections and subsections articulating specific provisions. Within some of these Part 1-7 sections and subsections, the Superintendent is granted discretionary authority to develop local rules to be responsive to the needs of a specific park resource or activity, park plan, program, and/or special needs of the general public.
As an example, 36 CFR 1.5(a) Closures and Public Use Limits provide the Superintendent certain discretion in allowing or disallowing certain activities. The authority granted by the Section, however, requires the Superintendent to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act (6 USC Section 551), which requires public notice on actions with major impact on visitor use patterns, park resources or those that are highly controversial in nature.
Another example is 36 CFR 1.6 Permits, which allows the Superintendent to require a permit for certain uses and activities in the park. This Section, however, requires that a list of activities needing a permit (and a fee schedule for the various types of permits) be maintained by the park.
A final example is 36 CFR 2.1(c) (1) Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archeological Resources, which provides the Superintendent the authority to designate certain fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells which may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption. This activity can occur, however, only if a written determination shows that the allowed activity does not adversely affect park wildlife, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect park resources.
This Compendium should be used in conjunction with Title 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, to more fully understand the regulations governing the use and enjoyment of all the areas of the national Park System.
A copy of Title 36, CFR, can be purchased from the U S Government Printing Office at:
Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954
The CFR is also available on the Internet at:
2. Laws and Policies Allowing the Superintendent to Develop this Compendium
The National Park Service (NPS) is granted broad statutory authority under Title 54 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 100101 et.seq. to "the Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, shall promote and regulate the use of the National Park System by means and measures that conform to the fundamental purpose of the System units, which purpose is to conserve the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife in the System units and to provide for the enjoyment of the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife in such manner and by such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." (54 U.S.C. Section 100101). In addition, Title 54 allows the NPS, through the Secretary of the Interior, to "prescribe such regulations as the Secretary considers necessary or proper for the use and management of System units." (54 U.S.C. Section 100'751).
3. Consistency of this Compendium with Applicable Federal Law and Requirements
The Superintendent's Compendium is not considered a significant rule requiring review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. In addition, this Compendium will not have a significant economic effect on a number of small entities nor impose a significant cost on any local, state or tribal government or private organization, and therefore does not fall under the requirements of either the Regulatory Flexibility Act or the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
The actions and requirements described in this Compendium are found to be categorically excluded from further compliance with the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Department of the Interior (DOI) Guidelines 516 DM 6 and as such, an Environmental Assessment will not be prepared.
4. Development of the Requirements of the Superintendent's Compendium
As outlined above, the NPS has broad authority and responsibility to determine what types of uses and activities are appropriate in any particular National Park System area. The requirements of the Superintendent's Compendium are developed through an analysis and determination process. The decision criteria used during this process are:
5. Applicability of the Compendium
The rules contained in this Compendium apply to all persons entering, using, visiting or otherwise present on Federally owned lands, including submerged lands, and waters administered by the NPS within the legislative boundaries of the park. This includes all waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including all navigable waters.
6. Enforcement of Compendium Requirements
NPS Law Enforcement Park Rangers enforce the requirements of the United State Code, 36 CFR, and this Superintendent's Compendium.
7. Penalties for Not Adhering to Compendium Requirements
A person who violates any provision of the regulations found in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, or provisions of this Compendium, is subject to a fine as provided by law (18 U.S.C. 3571) up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months (18 US.C. 3559), or both, and shall be adjudged to pay all court costs associated with any court proceedings. You may receive a list of fines associated with any particular provision by contacting the Chief Ranger at the park address found below.
8. Comments on the Compendium
The Compendium is reviewed annually and revised as necessary. The park welcomes comments about its program and activities at any time.
Buffalo National River
402 N Walnut Suite 136
Harrison AR 72601
9. Effective Date of the Superintendent Compendium
The Superintendent's Compendium is effective on the approval date listed on the first page of this document, and remains in effect until revised for a period up to one year.
10. Additional Information
Some of the terms used in this Compendium may have specific meaning defined in 36 CFR 1.4 Definitions.
Copies of the Compendium are available at 402 N. Walnut St. Suite 136 Harrison AR 72601. It may also be found at https://www.nps.gov/buff/learn/management/superintendent-s-compendium.htm
Last updated: December 24, 2017