Laws and Policies

Superintendent's Compendium

The Superintendent's Compendium is a collection the relevant rules and regulations for the park. View or download the complete 2020 Superintendent's Compendium (accessible PDF 405 KB).

The Superintendent's Compendium addresses park-specific issues using Federal authority granted to the superintendent in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 1 through 7. The CFR is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Under 36 CFR 1.7(b), "the superintendent shall compile in writing all the designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. This compilation shall be updated annually and made available to the public upon request." The larger body of NPS regulations that do not provide discretionary authority to the Superintendent is not cited in this compendium. A complete and accurate picture of regulations governing use and protection of the unit can only be gained by viewing this compendium in context with the full body of applicable regulations found in Titles 36 and 43 CFR.

The use of unmanned aerial devices, also known as drones, is prohibited within the boundaries of Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010. Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws. 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.

Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances. For more information on Massachusetts firearm regulations visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' General Laws webpage.


Park Information

Salem Maritime National Historic Site, established March 17th, 1938, is one of over 400 units in the National Park System and is the first National Historic Site established in the United States. The park interprets and preserves significant historical and cultural resources associated with the maritime history of New England and the United States. Its collection of wharves and buildings tell the story of the development of colonial port towns, the importance of international trade to the early economy of the United States, and the connection between maritime trade and growing industrialization.The Park includes a 9-acres of grounds, 7 significant historic buildings, 3 wharves, a lighthouse and the tall ship Friendship of Salem.

The Superintendent of Salem Maritime National Historic Site is the top park official, responsible for managing and supervising all park operations and activities. A division chief heads each division. Contact Superintendent Paul DePrey at (978) 578-8935.

The Visitor Experience and Community Engagement Division is responsible for information/education programs and services provided to park visitors and neighbors. The division manages park partnerships, publications, interpretive exhibits, and media relations. Interpretive rangers provide a variety of ranger-led programs to the public. A curriculum-based education program reaches many students in local schools in the spring and fall. Contact Chief Susan Russo at 978-210-4245.

The Maintenance and Resource Stewardship Division maintains all roads, trails, buildings, utilities, grounds, vehicles, boats (including the Friendship of Salem) and other physical facilities in the park to assure their safe use. It provides guidance to park management on all matters related to cultural and natural resources. The division also maintains an extensive museum collection. Contact Chief Jeremy Bumagin at (978) 360-2080.

The Protection Division is responsible for law enforcement, special park uses, emergency medical services, fire management, and security of park facilities, buildings, and park-owned housing. Contact Chief Mike Parr at (978) 740-1696.

The management team and staff at Salem Maritime also manage Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in Saugus, MA.

Last updated: December 7, 2019

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