Superintendent's Compendium

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Superintendent's Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed under Discretionary Authority.


In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations ("36 CFR "), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

Written determinations, which explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent's use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 1.5(c), appear in this document identified by italicized print.

36 CFR §1 .5-VISITING HOURS, PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES, AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USES OR ACTIVITIES

(a)(1) The following visiting hours, public use limits, and closures are established:

Visiting Hours:
  • The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The entire park is a day use only area and is closed to use during the hours of darkness.
  • During Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), visiting hours for the park visitor center, Pearson Air Museum, and reconstructed fort are 9:OOam to 5:00 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays.
  • During Pacific Standard Time (PST), visiting hours for the park visitor center, Pearson Air Museum and reconstructed fort are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays.
  • Visiting hours for the Mcloughlin House Unit are 10:00 am to 4:00pm Fridays and Saturdays from mid-February to mid-December.
Determining Factors: Establishment of visiting hours and closure are necessary to provide for physical security of National Park Service facilities and resources, including sensitive archaeological resources in situ and collections items on display. In this active urban area, less restrictive measures would not adequately provide the necessary security and protection.
  • The area comprising the west half of the active Pearson Air Field is closed to the public with the exception of authorized aircraft operations pursuant to the lease with the City of Vancouver.
Determining Factors: Closure at the active airfield is to insure public safety during regular flight activity at an active municipal airport.
Public Use Limits--Pursuant to §1.5(d) to implement a public use limit. The Superintendent may establish a permit registration or reservations system.
  • All tour and educational groups are required to obtain a reservation online, by phone, or by writing the Group Reservation Coordinator, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 612 East Reserve St., Vancouver, WA 98661.
Determining Factors: The Park receives significant use and reservations are needed to reduce visitor conflicts and impacts on the park's resources. This limit will allow park staff to effectively and efficiently manage group visits.
  • Leaving property unattended for any period of time requires a permit.
Determining Factors: Leaving unknown property unattended in the park area threatens public safety, the environmental and scenic values of the park, the natural and cultural resources of the park, and the orderly management of the park. Visitors seeking to leave property unattended within the park must obtain a permit from the Superintendent.
  • The establishing or erecting of play and recreation structures (including bounce facilities, wading pools, slack lines, water slides, and volleyball nets) is prohibited.
Determining Factors: The Park has established a sizeable playground with equipment and structures for recreational play. Additional play structures, playground areas and athletic fields are available at nearby Marshall Park. Additional structures are prohibited to protect public safety, to provide visitors with the appropriate experience to be able to understand and comprehend the park and its resources, to reduce user conflicts, to preserve the historic scene and setting, to protect the historic and cultural resources of the park, and to ensure the orderly management of the park.
  • Loud music and noise from musical instruments or by other means is prohibited except by permission of the Superintendent.
Determining Factors: Loud music and noise has the potential to derogate park values and give a negative park experience to visitors, and conflict with other park users. The park seeks to provide visitors with the appropriate experience to be able to understand and comprehend the park and its resources, and loud noise and music can negate this.
  • The Superintendent has established a reservation system covering special use of park grounds, and special activities outside the normal type of cultural or interpretive activities usually associated with a national historic site and not specifically covered in 36 CFR. These special uses and activities include weddings, organized gatherings, and special events.

Closures:
  • Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Superintendent.
Definition: The term "unmanned aircraft" means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, or remote control communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quad-copters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
Determining Factors: This closure is necessary to maintain public health and safety at Fort Vancouver National Historic and to protect park resources and values until the NPS can determine whether specific uses of unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the NPS are appropriate and will not cause unacceptable impacts on park resources and values. Another reason for the required closures is that current NPS regulations do not specifically address
launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft. The use of unmanned aircraft potentially presents unacceptable risks to visitors, including collisions between unmanned aircraft and visitors, the uncontrolled fall of unmanned aircraft, contact with spinning propellers or rotors of unmanned aircraft. The use of unmanned aircraft adversely impacts the visitor experience by negatively affecting scenic, aesthetic, natural and cultural values preserved onsite and represented by the
natural and cultural environment of the 19th century Hudson's Bay Company and US Army activities onsite. Much of the park is also within the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) of the Pearson Airfield (municipal airport), and FAA regulations prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft within and just outside of RPZ areas. Additionally, the unregulated use of unmanned aircraft would potentially violate other regulations within 36 CFR, including Sec. 2. 2 Frightening Wildlife, sec. 2. 12 Creating an Audio Disturbance, sec. 2.17 Delivering or Retrieving an Object by Airborne Means, sec. 2. 34 Making Unreasonable Noise, and sec. 5. 13 Creating or Maintaining a Nuisance.

  • The interior of the reconstructed stockade is closed to picnicking .
Determining Factors: These closures are in effect to maintain the historical significance and viewshed within the stockade and to provide visitors with the appropriate experience to be able to understand and comprehend the events that occurred in the park.
  • The park is closed to the driving or putting of golf balls.
Determining Factors: Driven or putted golf balls can injure visitors and damage park facilities and resources. They threaten public safety. The act of hitting a golf ball can cause ground disturbance and threaten sensitive archaeology sites and resources.

(a)(2) The following areas are designated for a specific use or activity and/or the following conditions or restrictions are imposed on a specific use or activity:

Areas Designated for a Specific Use or Activity:

Parking
  • Maintenance and repair of any vehicle except for emergencies is prohibited in all public use areas. No overnight parking is allowed at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Determining Factors: Leaving property unattended in the park threatens public safety, the environmental and scenic values of the park, the natural and cultural resources of the park, and the orderly management of the park. Visitors seeking to leave property unattended within the park must obtain a permit from the Superintendent.
Camping Areas
  • Camping is prohibited an all areas of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site unless under conditions of a Park Special Use Permit issued by the Superintendent or in association with a park-managed special event authorized by the Superintendent. Please refer to §2.1 0 of this document for detailed camping area designations.
Determining Factors: Overnight camping within Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will adversely affect the park's natural, aesthetic, scenic and cultural values and impact the park's efforts to preserve historic buildings and landscapes representative of the natural and cultural environment documented by the Hudson's Bay Company and US Army in the 1fjh century. In addition, camping may cause an unintentional disturbance of wildlife nesting, breeding or other activities.

Fires
  • Fires are not permitted unless under conditions of a Park Special Use Permit issued by the Superintendent or in association with a park-managed special event authorized by the Superintendent.
Determining Factors: Fires may pose a threat to the reconstructed fort, historic buildings, historic landscapes, park facilities and surrounding private property.
Conditions and Restrictions on Specific Uses or Activities:

Passenger Carrying Busses:
  • Engines must be shut down when not underway.
Determining Factors: The idling of bus engines adds unnecessary exhaust fumes to the air and diminishes the enjoyment by visitors of the peace and tranquility of the park. Due to the nature of the service provided by the shuttle busses, they are excluded from the requirement.


36 CFR §1.6-ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT

Activities requiring a permit are listed above under Public Use Limjts and throughout this document under the specific 36 CFR Section that authorizes or requires the issuance of a permit.

§1.5(d) The following activities related to Public Use Limits:
  • Tour and Education Groups
  • Leaving property unattended
  • Loud music/noise
  • Weddings, organized gatherings, and special events
§2.5(a) Specimen collection (taking of plant, fish, _ wildlife, rocks or minerals).

§2.10 (a) Camping activities
  • Camping is prohibited in all areas of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site unless under conditions of a Park Special Use Permit issued by the Superintendent or in association with a park-managed special event authorized by the Superintendent.
§2.12 Audio Disturbances
  • (a)(4) Operation of a public address system in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to sec. 2. 50 or 2.51.
§2.17 Aircraft and air delivery
  • (a)(3) Delivery or retrieval of a person or object by parachute, helicopter or other airborne means.
§2.37 Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services (Pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit issued under §2.50, §2.51 or §2.52).

§2. 38 Explosives
  • (a) Use, possess, store, transport explosives, blasting agents.
  • (b) Use or possess fireworks.
§2.50(a) Conduct a sports event, pageants, public spectator attractions, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events.

§2.51 (a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views.

§2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printed matter that is not solely commercial advertising.

§5.1 Advertisements-(Display, posting or distribution.)

§5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business (Requires a permit, contract or other written agreement with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations).

§5. 5 Commercial Photography/Filming
  • (a) Commercial filming of motion pictures or television involving the use of professional casts, settings or crews, other than bona fide newsreel or news television;
  • (b) Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.


36 CFR §2.1-PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES

(a)(1)(ii) Possessing, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing from its natural state, plants or the parts or products thereof, is prohibited.

(a)(4) Using or possessing wood gathered from within the park area is prohibited.

(a)(5) Walking on, climbing, entering, ascending, descending, or traversing an archeological or cultural resource, monument, or statute is prohibited.

Under §2.1 (a) collecting natural materials from the park is generally prohibited. However, pursuant to §2.1(c), designated fruits from the orchard may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or possession and consumption restrictions:

  • Small amounts of fruit from the orchard may be gathered by hand for personal use and on-site consumption. Climbing of orchard trees or bouncing on, or breaking tree limbs is prohibited. Limit is one shopping bag per family nucleus per day. Gathering for sale or commercial use is prohibited. Written authorization from the Superintendent is required for public gathering of produce from the orchard. The gathering of produce and vegetables from the replica garden for personal use is specifically prohibited.
Determining Factors: Limited consumption of these resources from the orchard does not adversely affect the rf!Jproduction of either plants or the wildlife food source, or detract from the cultural demonstrations in the Kitchen, bake House, or Garden. If future monitoring indicates that such gathering or consumption is likely to cause adverse effects to park resources, then the authorization of this consumptive use will be terminated. Use of these items for any purpose other than personal consumption is specifically prohibited.

36 CFR §2.2 -WILDLIFE PROTECTION

(b) Hunting and trapping are prohibited at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

(d) The following conditions and procedures for transporting lawfully taken wildlife through the park area are in place:
  • Wildlife taken legally outside Fort Vancouver National Historic Site may not be transported through the park, and may not be released within the park, without a permit approved and issued by the Superintendent.
(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:
  • The use of artificial light for purposes of viewing wildlife is prohibited in all areas of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

36 CFR §2.5-RESEARCH SPECIMENS

(a) Taking plants, fish, wildlife, rocks or minerals is prohibited except in accordance with other regulations of Chapter 1 d 36 CFR or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a specimen collection permit.

36 CFR §2.1 0-CAMPING AND FOOD STORAGE

(a) Camping is subject to the following established conditions:
  • Camping is prohibited on all areas of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site unless under conditions of a Park Special Use Permit or otherwise authorized by the Superintendent, or in association with a park-managed special event authorized by the Superintendent.

36 CFR §2.11 -PICNICKING

Certain areas have been closed to picnicking and are listed in §1. 36 CFR 1.5(a) (1) and are demonstrated on the map attached to this document.

36 CFR §2.12-AUDIO DISTURBANCES

(a)(4) Operating a public address system is prohibited, except in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to §2.50 or §2.51.

36 CFR §2.13-FIRES

  • (a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is prohibited, except under conditions of a Park Special Use Permit issued by the Superintendent or in association with a park-managed special event authorized by the Superintendent, or in the following areas and/or receptacles:
Fire Receptacles Allowed with an approved Special Use Permit:
  • Propane fired Barbeque grills
(c) During periods of high fire danger, all areas of the park are closed to the lighting or maintaining of a fire.

36 CFR §2.15-PETS

(a)(1) Possessing pets in public buildings, public transportation vehicles, swimming
beaches, and the following structures and/or areas is prohibited:

  • Pets are prohibited inside all public buildings of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, including the reconstructed stockade, visitor center, Pearson Air Museum, East & South Vancouver Barracks, and the Mcloughlin and Barclay Houses, except for service animals individually trained to do or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, or dogs who are working as volunteers to the NPS.

(a)(2) Pets must be physically restrained at all times such as by use of a leash no more than six (6) feet in length.

(a)(3) Leaving a pet unattended and tied to an object is prohibited.

(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
  • Pet waste must be disposed of by placing the waste in a plastic bag and depositing it in a trash receptacle.

36 CFR §2.17-AIRCRAFT AND AIR DELIVERY

(a)(3) Delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means is prohibited, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit; other than at the Pearson Airfield, pursuant to the standard aircraft use of the airfield, consistent with the lease between the NPS and the City of Vancouver.

36 CFR §2.18-SNOWMOBILES

(c) The use of snowmobiles is prohibited.

36 CFR §2.20-SKATING, SKATEBOARDS AND SIMILAR DEVICES

Using roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices is prohibited.

36 CFR §2.21 -SMOKING

(a) The following portions of the park, buildings, structures and/or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:
  • All government buildings, including the visitor center.
  • The interior of the reconstructed fort.
  • Trails during fire season as declared by state or municipal authorities.
  • Within 500 feet of any fuel storage dispensing facility.
  • Within 500 feet of any black powder storage facility.
Determining Factors: Smoking is prohibited in all National Park Service owned or administered buildings, structures, and vehicles within Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, except in areas reserved exclusively for and designated as smoking areas by the Superintendent. During periods of extreme fire danger, additional restrictions may be imposed. Smoking is prohibited to protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, or prevent conflicts among visitor use activities. Smoking includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes.

36 CFR §62.22 -PROPERTY

(a)(2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours is prohibited, except in
the following locations or under the following conditions:
  • When permitted by the Superintendent.
  • Geocaching may be allowed at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site with approval from the Superintendent.

36 CFR §2.23-RECREATION FEES

(b) Recreation fees and/or permits, in accordance with 36 CFR part 71, are established for the following areas and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events or specialized recreation uses:

Entrance Fee Areas:
  • An entrance fee is required for the reconstructed fort site.
  • The entrance fee is $5.00 for adults (16 and older) and youth (15 and under) are free. All entrance fees will be paid at the fee station inside the reconstructed fort.
  • Free admission is granted to the following:
  • Visitors and/or carloads with the Federal Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Military Pass and Access Pass.
  • Eligible Groups that have obtained a fee waiver approved by the Superintendent.
  • Those with the Superintendent's approval.

36 CFR §2.35-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

(a)(3)(i) The following areas and facilities within the park are closed to consumption of
alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle
containing an alcohoHc beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has
been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
  • Except under the conditions of a Special Use Permit issued by the Superintendent, from 0001 hours, July 3, through 0600, July 5 annually, all park areas are closed to the consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or the possession of a bottle, can, or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or that has been opened, or whose seal is broken or the contents of which has been partially removed except within the park residence or within its immediate area.
Determining Factors: Unregulated consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages at the annual Independence Day special event would be inappropriate considering the large public gathering, the family-friendly nature of the event, and the location and the purpose for which the park is maintained or established. Permitted consumption and possession, in designated and fenced areas, can be controlled and managed to avoid conflicts between user groups.

36 CFR §2.37-NONCOMMERCIAL SOLICITING

Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services is prohibited except pursuant tothe terms and conditions or a permit that has been issued under §2.50, §2.51, or §2.52.

36 CFR §2.38 -EXPLOSIVES

(a) Using, possessing, storing, or transporting explosives, blasting agents or explosive materials is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.

(b) Using, or possessing fireworks and firecrackers -is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit or in designated areas under the following conditions:
  • Using or possessing fireworks and firecrackers is prohibited, except by permit in conjunction with the community's annual Independence Day special event on July 4 annually.

36 CFR §2.50-SPECIAL EVENTS

(a) Sports events, pageants, regattas, public spectator attractions, entertainments, ceremonies, and similar events are allowed, provided there is a meaningful association between the park area and the events, and the observance contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park area, and a permit therefore has been issued by the Superintendent. Similar events can be allowed in specific locations of the park where there is not a meaningful association between the park area and the events, if the area is one of the park's approved Short Term Lease locations.

36 CFR §2.51 --DEMONSTRATIONS

(b) Demonstrations of more than 25 people are allowed within park areas designated as available under paragraph {c) {2) when the Superintendent has issued a permit for the activity.

Demonstrations involving 25 persons or fewer may be held without a permit in designated park areas, provided that the requirements in §2. 51 (b) are met. The 25 person maximum for the small group permit exception may be reduced pursuant to §2. 51 (b) (3).

(c)(2) The following locations are designated as available for demonstrations:
  • The paved patio area northeast of the entrance to the visitor center;
  • The lawn on the northeast side of the Bandstand;
  • The Great Meadow north of Fifth Street, across from the Pearson Headquarters Building;
  • The lawn west of the Pearson Air Museum complex;
  • The lawn at Waterfront Park, directly north of the paved pathway at the westernmost viewing deck.
NOTE: Pursuant to §2.51(c)(2) the Superintendent has designated on a map, attached herein and also available in the office of the Superintendent and by public notice, these locations designated as available for demonstrations and the sale or distribution of printed matter.

36 CFR §2.52 --SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER

(b) The sale or distribution of printed matter by more than 25 persons is allowed within park areas designated as available under §2.51 (c) (2) (see above) when the Superintendent has issued a permit.

Sale or distribution activity by 25 persons or fewer may be conducted without a permit in designated park areas, provided that the requirements in §2. 52(b) are met. The 25 person maximum for the small group permit exception may be reduced for a designated available area, pursuant to §2.52(b) (3).

36 CFR §2.60 -LIVESTOCK USE AND AGRICULTURE

(a) Livestock are generally prohibited in any park area. They are only permitted in park areas pursuant to the exceptions provided for in §2.60(a) and only pursuant to the terms and conditions of a license, permit, or lease.

36 CFR §2.61-RESIDING ON FEDERAL LANDS

(a) Residing in park areas, other than on privately owned lands, is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit lease, employment, or contract.

36 CFR §2.62-MEMORIALIZATION

(a) The installation of a monument, memorial, tablet, structure, or other commemorative installation in a park area without the authorization of the Director is prohibited.

(b) The scattering of human ashes from cremation is prohibited.

36 CFR §4.1 0--VEHICULAR TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS

(a), (c) Motorized vehicles may only operate on paved or graveled park roads, and the operation of motorized vehicles may not damage road surfaces, or other park terrain.

36 CFR §4.21 -SPEED LIMITS

(a), (b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
  • The speed limit on all park roads is 15 miles per hour.

36 CFR §4.30 -BICYCLES

(a) The use of a bicycle is prohibited except on park roads, in parking areas, and on routes designated for bicycle use. Park roads and parking areas that are closed to bicycle use are listed in §1.5 of this document.

The following additional routes, in developed areas or special use zones, have been
designated for bicycle use:
  • Spruce Mill Trail (paved trail)
  • Landbridge Trail (paved trail)
  • Waterfront Trail (paved trail)
Determining Factors: Bicycle use in these areas is consistent with the protection of the park's cultural, natural, scenic and aesthetic values, safety considerations and management objectives and will not disturb wildlife or park resources.

36 CFR §5.1 -ADVERTISEMENTS

Commercial notices or advertisements shall not be displayed, posted, or distributed on
federally owned or controlled lands within a park area unless prior written permission has
been given by the Superintendent. Such permission may be granted only if the notice or
advertisement is of goods, services, or facilities available within the park area and such
notices and advertisements are found by the Superintendent to be desirable and necessary
for the convenience and guidance of the public.

36 CFR §5.3-BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States, except as such may be specifically authorized under special regulations applicable to a park area, is prohibited.

36 CFR §5.5 -COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

(a) Before any motion picture may be filmed or any television production or sound track may be made by any person other than bona fide newsreel or news television personnel, written permission must first be obtained from the Superintendent.

(b)Taking photographs of any vehicle or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising without a written permit from the Superintendent is prohibited.

Last updated: January 31, 2018

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