Laws and Regulations
Special use permits are needed for after-hours access, special access to closed areas, research, inventory or monitoring projects and commercial ventures including filming and recording. Please address special use permit questions to the wildlife refuge specialist, Courtney Lopez.
See the Special Use Permit Forms to fill out and submit your application.
General Activities - Special Use Permit Application
Research and Monitoring - Special Use Permit Application
Commercial Activities - Special Use Permit Application
Rules and Regulations
Each refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System has station-specific rules, regulations and polices to ensure approved wildlife dependent activities are safe and compatible from human and wildlife. The Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge and the Cameron-Billsbach Unit approved activities available on the Rules & Policy page.
National Wildlife Refuge System Laws
Refuges are special places where wildlife comes first. All activities allowed on refuges must be evaluated to make sure each activity will not conflict with the reason the refuge was founded. The refuge system has special regulations about what you can do. You can find these regulations in the 50 Code of Federal Regulations - Subchapter C. The following are general National Wildlife Refuge System rules, regulations and police. For refuge specific information, please see Chautauqua refuge's Rules & Policy page.