Do I Need A Permit?
Yes. Health and Safety Code Section 7116 requires that anyone scattering cremated human remains obtain the written permission on the property owner or controlling government agency. Similarly, Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.62(b) requires permission prior to scattering cremated human remains.
Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) permits individuals to scatter cremated human remains where appropriate. There are numerous and multi-faceted conditions under which the scattering of human remains would not be appropriate; these include locations that are archeological sites, Native American burial sites, and locations where incompatible activities occur or may be planned in the future. These restrictions do not apply to the reburial of Native American pursuant to Section 5097.94 of the Public Resources Code of the Native American Graves Repatriation Act. The appropriateness of scattering cremated human remains with RNSP is determined by the State or National Park Superintendent.
What Do I Need To Fill Out?You will need to email us these two completed forms.
1) Fillable Special Use Permit Application (word document).
2) A threatened and endangered species addendum (PDF document).
When completing the application, please be sure to complete and sign both forms. If a question does not apply to your event, please indicate "none," "does not apply," or something similar, rather than leave a blank.
You will need to indicate a location where you wish to scatter the ashes; it is helpful if you can indicate at least one or two alternative locations as well. If you are not familiar with the parks, the links above will be helpful.
In the “Proposed Activity” section, you must include the name of the person whose ashes are being scattered, the name of the legal custodian of the ashes, and the name of the person who will be scattering the ashes.
Please be sure to read through the common conditions for a Memorialization before submitting your application.
Last updated: October 26, 2018