Passes & Permits

Special Use Permits - Non-Guided Bus Groups/Tours

Mount Shasta and McCloud receive many requests from tour companies making stops on the district each year. Most of these tour groups are organized by a travel agent and a language interpreter accompanies the group. The trips are unguided but rather organized in advance to accommodate stops in town and to the local outdoor attractions where a paved road is present for access. These tours are considered commercial and therefore require a permit. 

Commercial Outfitting and Guiding is a use that occurs on National Forest System lands where:

  1. Where an entry or participation fee is charged, or
  2. Where the primary purpose is the sale of a good or service and, in either case, regardless of whether the use or activity is intended to produce a profit (36 CFR 251.51).

Definitions

  • Guiding - Providing services or assistance (such as supervision, protection, education, training, packing, touring, subsistence, transporting people, or interpretation) for pecuniary remuneration or other gain to individuals or groups on National Forest System lands. The term "guide" includes the holder's employees and agents.
  • Outfitting - Renting on or delivering to National Forest System lands for pecuniary remuneration or other gain any saddle or pack animal, vehicle, boat, camping gear, or similar supplies or equipment. The term "outfitter" includes the holder's employees and agents.

The Following Locations are not Authorized for Bus Tours Special Use Permits:

  • Panther Meadows (this area is sensitive meadow ecosystem that can be easily damaged as well as a culturally sensitive location to our local tribes) 
  • Heart Lake (the route to this location trespasses on private land and is in Castle Crags Wilderness where the temporary commercial event opportunities can be met in other locations outside of wilderness in order to uphold the wilderness characteristics of solitude)
  • South Gate Meadows (this area is a sensitive meadow ecosystem that can be easily damaged and currently has trail restoration needs due to high traffic and unauthorized user created trails. This area is also in the Mt. Shasta Wilderness where temporary commercial event opportunities can be met in other locations outside of wilderness in order to uphold the wilderness characteristics of solitude)
  • Mt. Shasta Wilderness (The temporary commercial event opportunities can be met in other locations outside of wilderness in order to uphold the wilderness characteristics of solitude)
  • Castle Crags Wilderness (The temporary commercial event opportunities can be met in other locations outside of wilderness in order to uphold the wilderness characteristics of solitude)

Locations that are Recommended for Commercial Temporary Special Use Permits:

  • Old Ski Bowl (no overnight use authorized)
  • Bunny Flat
  • Castle Lake (only for buses smaller than 30 feet due to limited parking and limited space to turn around)
  • McCloud Falls (only for buses smaller than 30 feet due to limited parking and limited space to turn around)

Forest Service Requirements in order to Issue a Special Use Permit

Insurance: minimum insurance requirement $500,000.

The Insurance Policy must also meet all the following conditions:

  1. They name the U.S. Government as additional insured.  Below is the appropriate address for the additionally insured documentation:

         US Government
         c/o Shasta-Trinity National Forest
         204 West Alma Street
         Mount Shasta, CA 96067
         Attn: Jennifer Womack
     
  2. They meet the minimum coverage requirements for the authorized activities shown in above or as required by state law or regulation.
  3. They include an appropriate 30-day notification clause in case of cancellation or amendment of coverage. When premiums are paid in full prior to use, 10-day notification of cancellation for non-payment of premiums is acceptable.
  4. The exclusions (if any) listed on the Certificate of Insurance do not include any of the activities/operations authorized by the permit.
  5. Some insurance policies stipulate that coverage for legal defense costs and supplementary payments is limited, and any payment of legal defense costs or supplementary payments reduces the limits of remaining coverage. When holders' activities are covered by policies containing this stipulation, authorized officers shall require the holder to have liability coverage greater than the minimum shown in preceding direction. For example, if the required minimum shown is $300,000, and the policy has the legal defense cost stipulation, the authorized officer shall require $500,000 coverage. If the minimum shown is $500,000, the authorized officer shall require $1,000,000 coverage.

Fees: 3% of generated income (prorated based on the days spent on National Forest System Lands).

You will be billed a minimum fee of $110 which is not refundable. The Fee Worksheet below will walk you through establishing your Estimated Fee. If your estimated fee is below $110 you will be billed $110.

Application:

Application

Question 2 of Application

Operating Plan

 

Hire a Tour Guide

If you are an un-guided tour group and would like to have someone along that knows the area and provides local and historical information about the area and the sites consider hiring one of the two bus tour guides the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has permitted. Please see the links below to their websites for more information:

*If you hire a permitted tour guide you do not need to get a permit of your own for the trips on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  

Advertising:

Once you have received your permit you are required to put the following information on your website and brochures:

This institution is operated under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and operates on a non-discriminatory basis.

You are not authorized to advertise until you have applied for and received your special use permit.

 

Please contact Jennifer Womack at the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station for more information as well as to apply for a permit:

Jennifer Womack
Mount Shasta Ranger Station
204 West Alma
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

jennifer.womack@usda.gov
(530) 926-4511 (main office)
(530) 926-9616 (direct phone line)
711 (TTY)


[General Information]

[Commercial Filming & Photography] [Noncommercial Group Use Events]

[Recreation Events] [Outfitting & Guiding] [Non-Guided Bus Groups/Tours]

[Temporary Commercial Events] [Recreation Residences]

[Recreation Occupancy Vehicles (Private Houseboats)]





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