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This compendium was signed and approved on January 11, 2022.


A. INTRODUCTION

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 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 Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

The CFR is also available on the internet.

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, then 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:
  • Is the use or activity consistent with the NPS Organic Act and NPS policy?
  • Is the use or activity consistent and compatible with the park’s enabling legislation, management objectives, and corresponding management plans?
  • Will the use or activity damage the park’s protected natural and cultural resources and other protected values?
  • Will the use or activity disturb or be in conflict with wildlife, vegetation, and environmental protection actions and values?
  • Will the use or activity conflict with or be incompatible with traditional park uses and activities?
  • Will the use or activity compromise employee or public safety?
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 States 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.

9) Effective Date of the Superintendent’s 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.

11) Availability

Copies of the Compendium are available at:

Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS:
https://www.nps.gov/alpo/learn/management/lawsandpolicies.htm

Johnstown Flood NM:
https://www.nps.gov/jofl/learn/management/lawsandpolicies.htm

B. SUPERINTENDENT'S COMPENDIUM


In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of FederalRegulations (“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 Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site & Johnstown Flood National Memorial. 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.

I. 36 CFR §1.5 – VISITING HOURS, PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES, AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USE OR ACTIVITIES


(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (ALPO) and Johnstown Flood National Memorial (JOFL), and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the parks to all public use or to a certain use or activity:


Visiting Hours:
  • The parks are open daily from Sunrise to Sunset.
  • Visitor center and public buildings are open as scheduled and are posted at the facility, park websites and/or through press releases.
  • Park Visitor Centers and other public Facilities are closed on the following Federal Holidays; Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • The park superintendent may close park facilities due to severe weather on an as-needed basis
Closures:
  • All abandoned surface and underground mine areas.
    • This closure is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
  • All construction sites
    • This closure is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
  • Employee residence areas and access roads, maintenance areas and access roads.
    • This closure is established to protect the privacy of park residents and the integrity of safe park operations and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
  • All buildings except park visitor centers, park headquarters, public restrooms and at ALPO the entire first floor and the basement restrooms of the Lemon House, the amphitheater and Engine House.
    • This closure is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and the fragile nature of historic structures and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
  • All or portions of the park when it is necessary to protect the public from unsafe conditions or to protect the park resources from irreversible damage. Signs will be posted to announce such temporary closures.
    • This closure is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
  • All or portions of any building when needed to protect the building from damage or wear or to protect the public from unsafe conditions. Signs will be posted to announce such temporary closures.
    • This closure is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
  • ALPO – The New Portage Railroad from the Muleshoe Bridge to Dry Run Road is closed to vehicles. Except the portion of the New Portage Railroad from the Valley Forge Road to the PA State Game Lands 198 Parking Area (National Park Service lands and roads are closed to hunting).
    • This closure is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and the fragile nature of the New Portage Railroad and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity, under the conditions and/or restrictions as noted:

Motor Vehicles:
  • All trails, pipelines and transmission line rights-of-way, and non-designated roads are closed to motor vehicle traffic except for park staff or those individuals authorized by Park Management. Operation of a wheeled vehicle used to accommodate handicapped individuals is permitted. An exception to this regulation is in an easement agreement with PGC, public motor vehicles on the 6-10 trail from Valley Forge to the State Game Parking lot.
    • This restriction is established to protect park resources from unnecessary damage and erosion due to off-road motor vehicle use and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
Trails:
  • All trails, either paved or unimproved, are open to foot traffic only, except for wheeled vehicles used to accommodate handicapped individuals.
    • This restriction is established to protect park resources from unnecessary damage and erosion due to off-road motor vehicle use and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
Bicycles:
  • Bicycle use is prohibited on park roads closed to public travel. Bicycle use is prohibited on all trails in the parks, except the ALPO Staple Bend Tunnel Trail and the bicycle section of the ALPO 6-10 Trail, from the Muleshoe Bridge to the Dry Run Road trailhead parking area.
    • This restriction is established to protect park resources from unnecessary damage and erosion, the maintenance of public health and safety and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
Picnicking:
  • Picnicking is allowed only in the following designated sites:
    • ALPO
      • Summit Level Picnic Area
      • Summit Level Visitor Center (west-side lawn)
      • Amphitheater
      • Level Number 10 Group Camp Area picnicking is authorized by permit only due to management of the area.
      • Staple Bend Tunnel Parking Area at Beech Hill Road.
    • JOFL
      • Picnic Area
    • This restriction is established for the protection of park resources and is he minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
Recreational Activities:
  • Kite flying, ball playing, Frisbee throwing, or similar recreational activities are not permitted on or within 10 feet of any walkway, trail, parking lot, road, or within 300 feet of park buildings. All park lands are closed to the placement of physical geocaches.
    • This restriction is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and to minimize conflict between user groups and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
Rock climbing:
  • Rock climbing, repelling or similar activities are prohibited anywhere in the jurisdictional boundaries of the parks.
    • This restriction is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
Vehicle Maintenance:
  • Washing, waxing, cleaning, or lubricating motor vehicles or repairing or performing any mechanical work upon motor vehicles, except in emergencies, are not permitted.
    • This restriction is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors, the fragile nature of the park, and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
Special Activities:
  • Activities or temporary structures that detract from the visitor experience and that are not related to park purpose, themes, or co-sponsored by the park are not permitted.
    • This restriction is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors, the protection of natural or cultural resources, the implementation of management responsibilities, to minimize conflict between user groups, and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.
Face Mask Requirement:
  • 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.

Radio-Controlled and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:
  • Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft, including drones, from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service (NPS) within the boundaries is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Superintendent.
Determination of Closure/Limit
National Park Service units are designed to provide for visitor experiences in which the park’s natural and cultural resources are protected in such a manner as to provide for their enjoyment by future generations. Noise and nuisance complaints have been documented in other NPS units where there has been use of unmanned aircraft systems. Their use is not compatible with visitors enjoying their National Parks in an unimpaired state. Additionally, unmanned aircraft systems have been shown to impact wildlife. Activities which disturb nesting, breeding and other activities are prohibited under 36 CFR § 2.2.

In addition to preserving the natural and cultural resource qualities, visitor solitude, and ecosystem processes of the park, this closure is also necessary to provide for the security of closed park areas. The use of unmanned aircraft systems would provide an unacceptable security threat to areas of the park which are closed to the public. Less restrictive measures are not sufficient for security due to the sensitive nature of these closed areas.”

Conditions and Exceptions:
This closure does not apply to the following activities:
a) Administrative use of unmanned aircraft as approved in writing by the Associate Director of Visitor Resource Protection for such purposes as scientific study, search and rescue operations, fire operations, and law enforcement. Administrative use includes the use of unmanned aircraft by (i) NPS personnel as operators or crew; (ii) cooperators such as government agencies and universities that conduct unmanned aircraft operations for the NPS pursuant to a written agreement; and (iii) other entities, including commercial entities, conducting unmanned aircraft operations for the NPS, provided such entities are in compliance with all applicable FAA and Department of the Interior requirements.
b) Activities conducted under a Scientific Research and Collecting Permit that specifically authorizes launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft and is approved in writing by the Associate Director of Visitor Resource Protection in consultation with the Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science.
c) Activities conducted under a Special Use Permit (NPS Form 10-930) that specifically authorizes launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft and is approved in writing by the Associate Director of Visitor Resource Protection.

Pertinent Aircraft and Air Delivery information are stated in 36 CFR §2.17.

This condition is established to protect the health and safety of park visitors and to minimize conflict between user groups and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.

(c) Except in emergency situations, prior to implementing or terminating a restriction, condition, public use limit or closure, the superintendent shall prepare a written determination justifying the action. That determination shall set forth the reason(s) the restriction, condition, public use limit or closure authorized by paragraph (a) has been established, and an explanation of why less restrictive measures will not suffice, or in the case of a termination of a restriction, condition, public use limit or closure previously established under paragraph (a), a determination as to why the restriction is no longer necessary and a finding that the termination will not adversely impact park resources. This determination shall be available to the public upon request.

II. 36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT

(b) Permit Application
  • Permit applications must be filed with the Superintendent at least 10 days before the anticipated activity. Applications are accepted no earlier than one year in advance of the proposed event. Permit applications must be accompanied by a $50 non-refundable Application Fee. When a permit is requested for the exercise of First Amendment rights, including freedom of assembly, speech, religion, and the press, the superintendent will issue the permit without any requirement for fees, cost recovery, bonding, or insurance.
(e) Permit Terms and Conditions
  • Additional use and monitoring fees may be charged in accordance with established policy and procedure.
(f) The following is a compilation of those activities and/or public uses for which a permit from the superintendent is required:
  • §1.5(d) Relating to Public Use Limits:
    • To implement a public use limit, the Superintendent may establish a permit, registration, or reservation system. Permits shall be issued in accordance with the criteria and procedures of 36 CFR 1.6.
    • The use of horses requires a permit, see section 2.16.
  • §1.5 Filming:
    • The following types of filming activities may occur in areas open to the public without a permit and without advance notice to the NPS:
      • Outdoor filming activities involving five persons or less and equipment that will be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold cameras.
  • (a)(2) The organizer of any other type of filming activity must provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 10 days prior to the start of the proposed activity. Based upon the information provided, the Superintendent may require the organizer to apply for and obtain a permit if necessary, to:
    • Maintain public health and safety;
    • Protect environmental or scenic values;
    • Protect natural or cultural resources;
    • Allow for equitable allocation and use of facilities; or
    • Avoid conflict among visitor use activities.
  • If the Superintendent determines that the terms and conditions of a permit could not mitigate the concerns identified above in an acceptable manner, the Superintendent may deny a filming request without issuing a permit. The Superintendent will provide the basis for denial in writing upon request.
  • Areas closed to the public during the entire calendar year will not be considered for permitting.
  • 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:
    • Engaging in a filming activity without providing advance notice to the Superintendent when required.
    • Engaging in a filming activity without a permit if the Superintendent has notified the organizer in writing that a permit is required.
    • Violating a term and condition of a permit issued under this action.
  • Violating a term or condition of a permit issued under to this action may also result in the suspension and revocation of the permit by the Superintendent.
  • §2.2(d) Transporting lawfully taken wildlife across the park.
  • §2.5(a) Specimen collection (Take plant, fish, wildlife, rocks or minerals)
  • §2.10(a) The following camping activities:
    • ALPO: Level Number 10 Group Camping Area (refer to Section III, General Regulations of this Compendium for further details)
  • §2.12 Audio Disturbances:
    • (a)(2) Operating a chain saw in developed areas.
    • (a)(3) Operation of a public address system in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to §2.50 or §2.51.
    • (a)(4) Operation of any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas.
  • §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)
  • §2.50(a) Conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events
  • §2.51(a) Demonstrations by more than 25 people
  • §2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printed matter that is not solely commercial advertising by more than 25 people
  • §2.62 Memorialization:
    • Erection of monuments (Requires approval from Regional Director)
    • Scattering ashes from human cremation
  • §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:
    • Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.
    • Areas closed to the public during the entire calendar year will not be considered for permitting.
  • §5.7 Construction of buildings, facilities, trails, roads, boat docks, path, structure, etc.
Applications for permits for the above-listed activities may be obtained by calling Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site at 814-886-6100.

III. GENERAL REGULATIONS

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

(a)(4) Dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the park in the following areas:
  • ALPO - Level Number 10 Group Camping Area
(b) Restricted hiking or pedestrian traffic is listed in Section 1.5 of this document.

(c)(1), (c)(2) The following fruits, nuts and berries 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:

Berries: 1 gallon per person/group per day.
Nuts: 1 pound per person/group per day.
Mushrooms: ½ pound per person/group per day.
Fruits: ½ bushel per person/group per day.

This restriction is established to allow for collection of fruits, nuts, berries, and mushrooms by hand and for personal consumption in the quantities outlined above, which will not adversely affect park resources, and is the minimum restriction necessary to achieve such protection.

36 CFR §2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION


(d) The transporting of lawfully taken wildlife through the park is permitted under the following conditions and procedures:
  • Transportation of lawfully taken game is prohibited within the boundaries of the park unless prior notification has been received and approval given by the Superintendent. Approval will be given only if there is no other method or route to transport the wildlife without entering the park. Information must be given as to the circumstances of why it is necessary to enter the park, and a park staff member must be present during the transportation.
(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:
  • All areas of the parks are closed to the viewing of wildlife with an artificial light, including those areas within the parks along township roads and state highway routes.

36 CFR §2.4 – WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS


18 U.S.C. § 930 prohibits the possession of firearms in “federal facilities”, which are defined as “buildings or parts thereof owned or leased by the federal government, where federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties.” These places are marked with signs at public entrances.
(d) The superintendent may issue a permit to carry or possess a weapon, trap or net under the following circumstances:
(1) When necessary to support research activities
(3) For employees, agents or cooperating officials in the performance of their official duties.

(e) Authorized Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers may carry firearms in the performance of their official duties.

(h) Notwithstanding any other provision in 36 CFR §2.4, a person may possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable firearms within the park in accordance with the laws of the state of Pennsylvania, except as otherwise prohibited by applicable Federal law. The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.

Traps and nets may only be carried, possessed, or used by appropriate staff members and/or authorized researchers while conducting natural resources studies and require a permit from the Superintendent.

36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE

(a) The Superintendent may require permits, designate sites or areas, and establish conditions for camping.

  • Group Camping is allowed only at designated sites and with a permit from the Superintendent.
(d) Conditions for the storage of food are in effect, as noted, for the following areas:
  • Food must be stored at designated camping areas to adequately protect it from wildlife.

36 FR §2.11 – PICNICKING

Certain areas have been closed to picnicking and are listed in section 1.5(a)(2) Closures.

Conditions for Picnicking:

  • The use of open fires for food preparation is prohibited except for receptacles allowed in section 2.13 Fires.

36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES

(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining a fire is prohibited, except in designated areas or receptacles and under the conditions that may be established by the superintendent.

Designated Areas:
  • Fires may be lit and maintained under the terms of a permit issued pursuant to Sections 2.50 or 2.51, if the special condition terms specifically authorize the fire.
  • Fires may be lit only in park provided charcoal grills or visitor provided portable gas grills within the designated picnic area.
  • Fires may be lit in the park provided fire pits within the designated group camp areas.
Receptacles Allowed:
  • Other than park provided charcoal grills or fire pits, fires may be maintained in portable gas grills brought to the parks by visitors. See “Established Conditions” below.
Established Conditions for Fires:
  • Fires may be lit by park employees or other approved officials under conditions that may be established by the Superintendent.
  • No fire may be left unattended.
(b) Fires shall be extinguished upon termination of use and in accordance with such conditions as may be established by the superintendent.
  • Charcoal and wood fires must be extinguished with water immediately after their use, and any cold ashes or other extinguished materials must be placed in the proper trash receptacles, which are not provided by the parks, (see “Sanitation and Refuse” below).

36 CFR §2.14 – SANITATION and REFUSE

(a)(2) The use of government refuse receptacles or facilities for dumping household, commercial or industrial refuse, brought as such from private or municipal property is prohibited.
  • ALPO and JOFL are “trash free” parks.
  • Visitors are responsible for their own trash management, collection, and removal from the parks. Disposal of refuse in park restrooms, comfort stations, restroom vaults or port-a-johns is prohibited.

36 CFR §2.15 – PETS

a)(1) The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets:
  • Pets are not allowed in any public building or office except for service animals.
  • Pets are permitted in areas not designated closed to pets provided they are restrained on a leash which shall not exceed six feet in length or otherwise physically confine a pet at all times.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
  • Pet excrement must be removed from picnic areas, trails, and areas of heavy public use.
(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:
  • Pets are not allowed in single family government quarters or leased housing except by written permission from the Superintendent.
  • Pets are prohibited from government multi-occupancy or dormitory quarters.

36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES and PACK ANIMALS

(b) The use of horses or pack animals outside of trails, routes or areas designated for their use is prohibited:
  • No areas have been designated open to the use of horses or pack animals.
  • Horses are allowed with a permit issued under sections 1.6 or 2.50.

36 CFR §2.19 – WINTER ACTIVITIES

(a) Skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, innertubing, tobogganing, and similar winter sports are prohibited on park roads and in parking areas open to motor vehicle traffic, except as otherwise designated:
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on designated park roads/trail crossings, as designated on park trail maps.

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 which includes the use of ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System) or similar vaping devices as noted:
  • All park buildings
  • Within 25 feet of any entrance or exit primarily accessed by the visiting public.
  • Within 25 feet of any entrance or exit not generally accessed by the public, where smoking would result in smoke traveling through doorways, windows, air ducts or other openings.
  • Within any type of government-owned or leased vehicle, including heavy equipment.

36 CFR §2.22 – PROPERTY

(a)(2) Property may be left unattended for periods longer than 24 hours in the following areas and under the following conditions:
  • Unattended property is prohibited in the parks, including that property associated with the activity known as “Geocaching.”

36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES

(b) Recreation fees shall be established as provided for in 36 CFR part 71.
Fee Areas:
  • At present there are no fees charged at ALPO and JOFL.

36 CFR §2.35 – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

(a)(3)(i) The consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or 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 is prohibited in the following public use areas:
  • Within all public use buildings.
  • On or within 100 feet of all roads, trails, walkways and parking lots.
  • Within 300 feet of public use buildings and facilities.
  • ALPO
    • The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the picnic area, Group Camping Area and the Staple Bend Tunnel Unit.
  • JOFL
    • The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the picnic area.
  • This closure is established because such activity would be inappropriate considering other uses of the location and the purpose for which it is maintained or established and are the minimum restrictions necessary to achieve such protection.

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.

(b)(1) 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:
  • ALPO
    • Primary - the grass area on the left side of the parking lot road before you enter the parking lot (see Exhibit A).
    • Secondary - the grass area on the right side of the Gallitzin Entrance Road across from the exit from the parking lot (see Exhibit A).
  • JOFL
    • Primary - the grass area on the right side of the entrance road to the visitor center parking lot (see Exhibit B).
    • Secondary - the grass area between the Unger House and the Visitor Center across from the Visitor Center (see Exhibit B).

36 CFR §2.52 – SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER

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

(b)(1) The sale or distribution activity provided that it is not solely commercial advertising by 25 persons or fewer may be conducted without a permit within 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 pursuant to §2.52(b)(3).

The following locations are designated under §2.51(c)(2) as available for the sale or distribution of printed matter:
  • ALPO
    • Primary - the grass area on the left side of the parking lot road before you enter the parking lot (see Exhibit A).
    • Secondary - the grass area on the right side of the Gallitzin Entrance Road across from the exit from the parking lot (see Exhibit A).
  • JOFL
    • Primary - the grass area on the right side of the entrance road to the visitor center parking lot (see Exhibit B).
    • Secondary - the grass area between the Unger House and the Visitor Center across from the Visitor Center (see Exhibit B).

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) A permit is required for the scattering of ashes from cremated human remains, in accordance with the following terms and conditions:
  • The remains to be scattered must have been cremated and pulverized.

36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS

(b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
  • ALPO
    • The speed limit on all park maintained public roads is 15 miles per hour.
  • JOFL
    • The speed limit on all park maintained public roads is 15 miles per hour
    • These speed limits have been designated because a determination has been made that greater speeds are unreasonable, unsafe, inconsistent with the purposes for which the park was established, and due to road characteristics and multi- use of vehicles and pedestrian travel.

36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES

(a) Park areas that are closed to bicycle use are listed in section 1.5 of this document.
  • Exhibit A: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
E-bikes are allowed in Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS and Johnstown Flood National Memorial where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited.

Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an ebike without pedaling is prohibited. A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).

Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS/Johnstown Flood National Memorial is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.

On September 27, 2021 the Superintendent designated park roads, parking areas, the 6-10 trail (bike section) and the Staple Bend Tunnel trail as open to electric bicycles using discretionary authority given to the Superintendent under 36 CFR 4.30(i).

Allowing electric bicycles on public roads and in parking areas will create new opportunities for recreation and access within the park. It will not create any adverse impacts to park visitors, resources, or values due to the existing use of these locations by motor vehicles and bicycles. This action is covered by the categorical exclusion 3.2.E in the NPS NEPA Handbook.

Allowing electric bicycles on the biking section of the 6-10 trail and Staple Bend Tunnel trail will create new opportunities for recreation and access within the park, and provide additional benefits, including furthering accessibility for those who cannot or choose not to ride a conventional bicycle. The NPS does not expect there to be any impacts on park visitors, resources, or values. This action is covered by categorical exclusion D.3 in the NPS NEPA Handbook.
 
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Exhibit A, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

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Exhibit B, Johnstown Flood National Memorial

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Last updated: March 7, 2022

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