7-4-6. Flights Over Charted U.S. Wildlife Refuges, Parks, and Forest Service
a. The landing of aircraft is prohibited on lands or waters administered by
the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or U.S. Forest
Service without authorization from the respective agency. Exceptions include:
1. When forced to land due to an emergency beyond the control of the operator;
2. At officially designated landing sites; or
3. An approved official business of the Federal Government.
b. Pilots are requested to maintain a minimum altitude of 2,000 feet above the
surface of the following: National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, Lakeshores,
Recreation Areas and Scenic Riverways administered by the National Park
Service, National Wildlife Refuges, Big Game Refuges, Game Ranges and Wildlife
Ranges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Wilderness and
Primitive areas administered by the U.S. Forest Service.
FAA Advisory Circular AC 91-36, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Flight Near
Noise-Sensitive Areas, defines the surface of a national park area (including
parks, forests, primitive areas, wilderness areas, recreational areas,
national seashores, national monuments, national lakeshores, and national
wildlife refuge and range areas) as: the highest terrain within 2,000 feet
laterally of the route of flight, or the upper-most rim of a canyon or valley.
c. Federal statutes prohibit certain types of flight activity and/or provide
altitude restrictions over designated U.S. Wildlife Refuges, Parks, and Forest
Service Areas. These designated areas, for example: Boundary Waters Canoe
Wilderness Areas, Minnesota; Haleakala National Park, Hawaii; Yosemite
National Park, California; and Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, are
charted on Sectional Charts.
d. Federal regulations also prohibit airdrops by parachute or other means of
persons, cargo, or objects from aircraft on lands administered by the three
agencies without authorization from the respective agency. Exceptions include:
1. Emergencies involving the safety of human life; or
2. Threat of serious property loss.