A. INTRODUCTION1. 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 provides 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 DocumentsP.O. Box 371954Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954The CFR is also available on the Internet at: eCFR :: Title 36 of the CFR -- Parks, Forests, and Public Property
2. Laws and Policies Allowing the Superintendent to Develop This Compendium
The National Park Service (NPS) is granted broad statutory authority under 16 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1 et.seq. (Organic Act of 1916, as amended) to “…regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks…which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment for future generations” (16 U.S.C. Section 1). In addition, the NPS Organic Act allows the NPS, through the Secretary of the Interior, to “make and publish such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary or proper for the use and management of the parks, monuments, and reservations under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service” (16 U.S.C. Section 3).
In 1970, Congress amended the NPS Organic Act to clarify its intentions as to the overall mission of the NPS. Through the General Authorities Act of 1970 (16 U.S.C. Sections 1a1-1a8), Congress brought all areas administered by the NPS into one National Park System and directed the NPS to manage all areas under its administration consistent with the Organic Act of 1916.
In 1978, Congress amended the General Authorities Act of 1970 and reasserted System-wide the high standard of protection defined in the original Organic Act by stating “Congress further reaffirms, declares, and directs that the promotion and regulation of the various areas of the National Park System, as defined by Section 1 of this Title, shall be consistent with and founded in the purpose established by Section 1 of this Title, to the common benefit of all people of the United States.”
16 U.S.C. Section 1c defines the National Park System as “…any areas of land and water now or hereafter administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the National Park Service for park, monument, historic, parkway, recreational, or other purposes.”
In addition to the above statutory authority, the Superintendent is guided by established NPS policy as found in the NPS Management Policies (2006). The Superintendent is also guided by more specific policies promulgated by the Director, National Park Service, in the form of Director’s Orders. As stated in the Management Policies, the primary responsibility of the NPS is to protect and preserve our national natural and cultural resources while providing for the enjoyment of these resources by visitor and other users, as long as use does not impair specific park resources or overall visitor experience. The appropriateness of any particular visitor use or recreational experience is resource-based and will vary from park to park; therefore, a use or activity that is appropriate in one park area may not be appropriate in another. The Superintendent is directed to analyze overall park use and determine if any particular use is appropriate. Where conflict arises between use and resource protection, where the Superintendent has a reasonable basis to believe a resource is or would become impaired, than that Superintendent is obliged to place limitations on public use.
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 the 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 U.S.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.Written comments on the Compendium may be submitted to:SuperintendentHomestead National Historical Park 8523 W State Hwy 4Beatrice, NE 68310-6743
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 Homestead National Historical Park, 8523 W State Hwy 4, Beatrice, NE 68310-6743. It may also be found at www.nps.gov/home.
B. SUPERINTENDENT’S COMPENDIUM
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 Homestead National Historical Park. 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 USE OR ACTIVITIESDuring the COVID-19 Pandemic; visiting hours for all outdoor public areas, including trails, picnic areas and other outdoor spaces will remain dawn to dusk and are subject to change.
(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park, and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:
Hours the Homestead Heritage and Education Centers, Palmer-Epard Cabin and Freeman School are open:
Labor Day – Memorial Day
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Sunday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hours may be extended through special use permits or for special programming.
COVID-19 MASK REQUIREMENTS
When the COVID-19 Community Level is LOW or MEDIUM in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are not required to wear masks.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the CDC, all individuals over the age of two must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in one or more, but not all, of the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the CDC, the superintendent will determine whether individuals are required to wear masks. The requirement, if any, will apply to all facilities within the park.
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
Regardless of the COVID-19 Community Level, individuals may wear masks if they choose to do so. Where a state, local, tribal, or territorial government where the park is located imposes more protective mask-wearing requirements than those indicated by the COVID-19 Community Level, individuals must follow those more protective requirements within the park. More protective state, local, tribal, or territorial mask-wearing requirements are hereby adopted as federal requirements in all units of the National Park System located within that state, locality, area subject to a federally recognized Indian tribe’s regulatory jurisdiction, or territory, regardless of a particular park’s jurisdictional status.
Additionally, all individuals must wear masks in or on public transportation conveyances and transportation hubs/facilities, to the extent required by current orders or directives issued by the CDC, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), or other federal agencies with jurisdiction over those conveyances or areas. As of March 4, 2022, CDC and TSA orders or directives require all individuals regardless of vaccination status to wear masks in indoor areas of all forms of public transportation conveyances, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in the indoor premises of transportation hubs/facilities. Individuals are not required to wear masks while outdoors on conveyances or while outdoors on the premises of transportation hubs/facilities.
As stated in E.O. 13991, it is the policy of the Administration to halt the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19) by relying on the best available data and science-based public health measures. Such measures include wearing masks when around others, physical distancing, and other related precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In a February 2, 2021 memorandum entitled “Implementing and Enforcing Mask-Wearing Requirements for Park Visitors” and a May 19, 2021 memorandum entitled “Updating MaskWearing Requirements,” guidance was provided to superintendents on implementing and enforcing mask-wearing requirements for park visitors and employees using the authority in 36 C.F.R. § 1.5(a)(2).
Pursuant to Executive Order 13991 of January 20, 2021, “Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing,” federal agencies follow public health measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force to reduce the spread of COVID-19. On February 25, 2022, the CDC issued updated guidance for making decisions about COVID-19 prevention strategies related to COVID-19 Community Levels, which measure the impact of COVID-19 illness on community health and healthcare systems.
On February 28, 2022, based on this new CDC guidance, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued “Initial Implementation Guidance for Federal Agencies on COVID-19 Community Levels and Mask-Wearing,” which provides federal agencies with guidance they should follow in utilizing the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the appropriate mask wearing and screening testing requirements for each federal facility at a given time.
This memorandum provides updated direction to superintendents that reflects the most recent CDC, Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, and departmental guidance on mask wearing.
Public Use Limits:
(a)(2) Closure and public use limits
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Determination: Tall grass prairie, buildings and grounds exist to interpret a historic scene and time; use of unmanned aircraft interferes with the natural sounds, scenery, and the primarily historic purpose of the monument. Also, use of unmanned aircraft poses a threat to wildlife and public safety.
(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity, under the conditions and/or restrictions as noted:
The public is authorized to use flash photography for personal use throughout the park unless otherwise instructed during special exhibits.
The NPS will consider requests and process permit applications in a timely manner. Processing times will vary depending on the complexity of the proposed activity. If the organizer provides the required 10-day advance notice to the NPS and has not received a written response from the NPS that a permit is required prior to the first day of production, the proposed filming activities may occur without a permit. The following are prohibited:
First Amendment Activities and/or Printed Material Distribution areas
This area designated for First Amendment activities and/or the distribution of printed materials shall be limited to the grass mowed area to the north of the pond.
The area to the east of the Living Wall, north of side walk.
All First Amendment Activities must be kept six feet back from the road and parking surfaces. Other locations within the monument are closed to this activity in the interest of visitor safety, resource protection, interference with park operations, and/or impairment of visitor use and enjoyment. Special consideration to other areas requested may be considered and approved by the Superintendent. Primary consideration to interference with established operation and/or impairment of visitor use and enjoyment, along with safety and resource protection will be taken into account prior to any such approval.
36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the superintendent is required:
(a) Use, possess, store, transport explosives, blasting agents
(b) Use or possess fireworks
§2.51(a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views of 25 or more people.
§2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printed material that is not solely commercial advertising
(a) Erection of monuments (Requires approval from Regional Director)
(b) Scattering ashes from human cremation
§3.3 Use of a vessel
§5.1 Advertisements - (Display, posting or distribution.)
§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.
For permit information and applications, contact:Homestead National Historical Park Office of the Superintendent 8523 W State Hwy 4, Beatrice, NE 68310 (402) 223-3514
III. GENERAL REGULATIONS
36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES(a) Treasure hunting or use of magnetometers as magnet fishing is prohibited.
(b) Hiking or pedestrian traffic is restricted to the trail or walkway as listed in Section 1.5 of this document.
(c)(1), (c) (2) The following fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or use or consumption restrictions:
36 CFR §2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION(d) The transporting of Game animals lawfully taken outside of Homestead National Historical Park may be transported through the park is permitted under the following conditions and procedures:
Determination: The park does not wish to impede those hunting legally in jurisdictions outside the park, nor the transportation of legally taken game. However, the transportation of game through the park, an area closed to hunting, may elicit visitor complaints and could cause confusion with the park's hunting regulations.
(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:
36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE
36 CFR §2.11 – PICNICKING
Cook fires are allowed in park privided grills, fires/hot coals are to be extinguished following use of grills.
36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:
Designated Areas: The lighting and use of charcoal briquettes may be used in park provided picnic grills in park residential area and at the Education Center Picnic area.
36 CFR §2.15 – PETS
(a)(1) The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets:
Determination: Tall grass prairie, buildings and grounds exist to interpret a historic scene and time; pets are incompatible with this use. Pets in the prairie and woodland areas pose a threat to wildlife. Pets in the community garden pose a potential pet vs. pet incident or injury to people.
(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:
36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES and PACK ANIMALS
36 CFR §2.19 – WINTER ACTIVITIES
36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING(a) The following portions of the park, or all or portions of buildings, structures or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:
36 CFR §2.35 –ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public 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 alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
36 CFR §2.38 – EXPLOSIVES
36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES
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Last updated: September 12, 2023