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Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas
The Oregonian ^ | September 23, 2014 | Rob Davis

Posted on 09/23/2014 9:28:34 PM PDT by hiho hiho

The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas.

Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone.

Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get a permit could face fines up to $1,000.

(Excerpt) Read more at oregonlive.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: censorship; forest; nationalpark; permit; regulations; taxdollarsatwork; youpayforthis
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"the agency was implementing the Wilderness Act of 1964, which aims to protect wilderness areas from being exploited for commercial gain."
1 posted on 09/23/2014 9:28:34 PM PDT by hiho hiho
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To: hiho hiho

So, a professional photographer has to pay $1,500 to take a photo of public land.


2 posted on 09/23/2014 9:31:55 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: hiho hiho
So its cheaper to just pay the fine, rather than get a permit? Brilliant. Just brilliant.

With the added enticement that there is a good chance you won't get caught at all and end up paying nothing.

3 posted on 09/23/2014 9:32:32 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.)
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To: Army Air Corps

The nanny state just keeps getting crazier....


4 posted on 09/23/2014 9:33:05 PM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: hiho hiho

So, if you do find the ‘camp’ they have set up for exterminating recalcitrants, or catch the USFS doing a heavy dope deal, they can put you in the ‘camp’ for taking pictures...?


5 posted on 09/23/2014 9:33:37 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Nachum; Eric Blair 2084

Ping.


6 posted on 09/23/2014 9:34:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: hiho hiho

Don’t tell me. The young Smokeys think that if you photograph the trees too much, their colors start to fade. Damn brainless maggots are everywhere!


7 posted on 09/23/2014 9:34:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Stop flooding our schools with unaccompanied illegal aliens. Do it for the children!)
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To: hiho hiho

So, why did the Agency decide to do this now? Strapped for cash?


8 posted on 09/23/2014 9:35:05 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: hiho hiho
It is over. What a bunch of crap. Swarms of agents overrunning the land looking for every person taking a picture without a permit. Just another screw in the coffin of a once great country. Thank you feckless fool on the hill.
9 posted on 09/23/2014 9:35:34 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: hiho hiho

If any reporter wants to document/evidence Forest Service neglect, he must first pay the FS for permission to do so or face a fine.
I get it. It’s something like not being able to afford Obamacare, or not wanting your personal information spread across the interweb, so you pay them a penalty for not having health insurance.


10 posted on 09/23/2014 9:35:44 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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11 posted on 09/23/2014 9:41:09 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: hiho hiho

Basically, the nonsense from our government must be permanently eradicated, preferably from the top down, but if necessary, from the bottom up.

Allowing government agencies to get away with such absurdities must be stopped. The only problem is, most Americans just don’t care or are not inclined to risk “rocking the boat” to do what is right.

So sad. This country is finished, IMO. All signs point to it.


12 posted on 09/23/2014 9:42:07 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: hiho hiho

Free country my ass.


13 posted on 09/23/2014 9:42:55 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: tumblindice

“If any reporter wants to document/evidence Forest Service neglect, he must first pay the FS for permission to do so or face a fine.”

Sounds to me like the makings of a nice lawsuit against the Feds. First Amendment rights and all that and freedom of the press.


14 posted on 09/23/2014 9:44:49 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: tumblindice

“If any reporter wants to document/evidence Forest Service neglect, he must first pay the FS for permission to do so or face a fine.”

Sounds to me like the makings of a nice lawsuit against the Feds. First Amendment rights and all that and freedom of the press.


15 posted on 09/23/2014 9:45:04 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387

Indeed.


16 posted on 09/23/2014 9:45:15 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: hiho hiho

Soon the only places we will be allowed to live or visit will be the inner cities.


17 posted on 09/23/2014 9:53:25 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("If you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: tumblindice
If any reporter wants to document/evidence Forest Service neglect, he must first pay the FS for permission to do so or face a fine.

Bottom line: If you want to criticize the kingdom, you must first get written permission from the king's men.

Oh, and that First Amendment? It means only what the king's men say it means.

18 posted on 09/23/2014 9:55:01 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: hiho hiho

I was going to take a picture, but I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.


19 posted on 09/23/2014 9:55:45 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: hiho hiho

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

-Declaration of Independence


20 posted on 09/23/2014 9:55:47 PM PDT by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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