Commercial Use Authorization Stipulations

2018 Park Specific Stipulations
Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve

P.O. Box 439 - Copper Center, AK 99573 - 907-822-7206 phone - 907-822-5366 fax

The following specific provisions (in addition to the National and Regional Conditions of the Authorization), are applicable to those commercial activities and areas authorized through a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA):

  1. Management fees
    $100 per year of authorization. Management fees are non-refundable and due at the time of application for each year of the authorization.
  2. Training
    All employees of guided commercial services must possess a current First Aid and CPR certification. Suggested certifying agencies and courses include:
American Red Cross: Basic First Aid and Community First Aid and Safety
American Safety and Health Institute: Basic First Aid and CPR
National Safety Council: Standard First Aid, CPR and AED
American Heart Association: Basic First Aid and CPR
National Ski Patrol: Outdoor First Care
Wilderness Medicine Institute

  1. Equipment
    Guided commercial services employees with clients in the backcountry must be equipped with a basic first aid kit appropriately-sized for the group and activity.
  2. Airstrips
    Utilization of Park/Preserve landing areas/airstrips is at the pilot's discretion.
  • The construction of new landing areas is not authorized.
  • The enlargement or expansion of existing landing areas and gravel bars, including brushing or clearing of vegetation is prohibited without prior written authorization from the Superintendent.
  • Brushing of vegetation smaller than 3 inches in diameter, at ground height, is allowed without prior permission in order to maintain the size of existing landing areas. Vegetation must be removed to ground height.
  • Only hand tools (no portable motors) may be used for clearing vegetation without prior written authorization from the Superintendent.
  1. Dog Sledding
  • Dogs must be staked out on a picket cable or similar gangline, and not tied to individual trees.
  • Dog waste must be scattered.
  • Straw bedding for dogs must be certified weed free (see AK Weed Free Forage Certification in section on Grazing of Pack Animals).
  1. Horsepacking / Horserides
  • Holder, when on federally-managed park lands, shall only use routes listed on the application. Where trails are not well-defined, crossing of wet and otherwise sensitive areas must be dispersed to avoid making any visible trails.
  • NPS shall monitor trail/road conditions for accelerated tread wear. When remedial action is necessary, NPS shall arrange for repairs only after notifying the Holder of the details of planned work at least seven calendar days in advance. NPS shall attempt to schedule work so as to minimize potential adverse effects on authorized business operations, however the availability of materials, labor, and equipment, as well as suitable ground and weather conditions, may necessitate adjustments to the Holder’s scheduled trips.
  • Holder shall ensure that guides/wranglers are qualified by experience and training to safely perform their duties.
  • Holder shall have no more than 6 client-riders per trip.
  • Holder shall conduct safety orientation briefings for all riders prior to commencing each ride. Topics shall include at the least, procedures and practices for mounting and dismounting, controlling the horse, and signaling for assistance from the wrangler. Additional topics that shall be covered shall include the intended route, time required, restroom facilities (or more specifically, the lack thereof), other hazards or demands of the trip, and park resource protection advisories.
  • The following safety equipment shall be provided by the Holder for each trip:
    • Rider safety helmets (1 for each client and each guide), and
    • All tack (saddles, bridles, etc.), which will be maintained in serviceable condition. Reins will be kept tied together.
  • All areas used for riding will be cleared of manure daily when near trailhead or camps. Manure may not be stockpiled on federal park lands. A preferred alternative measure for meeting this condition is the use of individual collection bags fitted to each horse to prevent deposits on the trails and roads, with subsequent appropriate off-site disposal of offal.
  • When not in use, horses must be hobbled and released to distribute impact or staked out on a cavalry picket, and not tied to individual trees. Individual lead ropes shall be tied short to minimize stress on trees.
  • Hobbling animals within 100 ft. of a water source or high water mark of a body of water is prohibited.
  • Any feed brought in must conform to the Alaska Weed Free Forage Certification Program. (See AK Weed Free Forage Certification in section on Grazing of Pack Animals).
  • Horses must meet all United States health regulations and have a current Coggins test. Stock shall also meet all equivalent state health regulations regarding examinations and immunizations. Certifications must be submitted with application.
  • Report death of animals on park lands within 48 hours to the Chief of Visitor Resource & Protection (907) 822-7245.
  1. Commercial Float Trips
  • Commercial float trips shall be limited to a party size of 15 persons including guides and boatmen.
  1. Group Size Limits
  • Guided groups in the Donoho Basin are limited to no more than 12 clients. A minimum ratio of one guide per six clients must be maintained. Unguided groups are limited to no more than 12 people total. Exemptions to this limit for commercially guided groups shall not be considered.
  • The minimum distance between associated groups in the Donoho Basin is ½ mile. Associated groups are all groups lead by the same company or partnering companies or organizations.
  • All groups of 8 or more persons are required to register to camp in Donoho Basin and as part of that registration, participate in an educational activity with park staff, or NPS approved trainer, prior to camping at Donoho Basin.
  1. Float Plane Use
    There are currently 23 water bodies in Alaska known to be infested with Elodea and of these 23 bodies of water there are two lakes that are of primary concern to Wrangell-St. Elias NP&P due to their proximity and high volume of float plane traffic:
  • Lake Hood in Anchorage
  • Eyak Lake in Cordova
For all flights landing on water bodies within the park, air taxi operators must complete the following measures to prevent the spread of this aquatic invasive species.
  • All standing water must be removed from floats prior to take-off.
  • All aquatic plants or animals must be removed from the floats, water rudders, cables, lines and cross members prior to take-off.
  • Pilots must check the water rudders and floats after take-off to determine if any aquatic plants or animals are attached and if there are the pilot must return to the water body of origin to remove all aquatic plants or animals before entering the park.
  1. Reporting Requirements
    Permittee shall report observed or suspected violations of park regulations to the National Park Service as soon as practical.

Last updated: June 25, 2018