If you are a business operator and want to conduct business within Obed WSR, you are required to obtain a commercial use authorization permit (36 CFR Sec. 5.3). Failure to obtain this permit may result in the issuance of a fine and/or removal from the park. As in any other unit of the National Park System, commercial visitor services may be provided only by those holding an authorization from the National Park Service.
Larger visitor service operations are provided under concession contracts. Smaller, single-service businesses are issued commercial use authorization, if certain requirements are met.
Note: If you are a nonprofit organization without taxable income, under the new National Park Service guidelines you are not required to obtain a commercial use authorization. However, you are required to obtain a special use permit.
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Providing Commercial Visitor Services
The National Park Service must determine what types of commercial activities are necessary and appropriate at Obed Wild & Scenic River. All commercial activities must operate in a manner that is consistent with the mission of the park and the National Park Service. That is to say, all commercial activities operating within the park should provide high quality visitor experiences while protecting important natural, cultural, and scenic resources.
Operating any type of commercial visitor service within Obed without written authorization from the United States is a violation of Title 36, Code of Federal
The holder must agree to comply with all of the general and specific conditions described in the CUA conditions. You should familiarize yourself with these documents before applying for a CUA.
Last updated: March 1, 2019