The scattering of cremated human remains (“cremains”) in Buffalo National River should be a small private affair, held away from high visitor use areas. A Special Use Permit may be required in order to hold your memorial.
Scattering Cremains without a Permit is allowed under the following conditions:
If your ceremony meets all of these conditions, the only requirement is an Authorization Memo. There is no fee required. Please call us at 870-365-2702 or 870-365-2724 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an Authorization Memo.
Activities in which a Special Use Permit for Scattering of Cremains is required:
If your activities fall outside the guidelines listed above, you must have a permit. Please note that if a ceremony such as a color guard or memorial service is part of the scattering of cremains, a permit is required.
If a Special Use Permit is required, the National Park Service may recover and retain costs associated with managing the activity. The authority for the National Park Service to recover and retain costs associated with managing special park uses is found at 54 U.S.C.§ 103104. Charges established for a special park use under this authority are intended to recover costs associated with managing that activity and not to generate revenue beyond actual cost. If any additional costs are incurred, the permittee will be billed at the conclusion of the permit. Please call the Commercial Services office at 870-365-2702 or 870-365-2724 to inquire if your activity will need a permit.
Conditions for scattering cremains with or without a permit: To maintain park natural and cultural resources and quality visitor experiences the following conditions and requirements apply to scattering of cremains:
Requests for a permit application or Authorization Memo may be made through park headquarters, via telephone, email or letter. The Special Use Permit application form may be downloaded from the park website. Park contact information is:
The information on the application will be used by NPS staff to evaluate the impact of the proposed activity on park resources and visitors. Please submit your application at least 5 business days before the start of the proposed activity. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Last updated: October 19, 2022