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Public broadcasters are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to make a number of changes in its regulation of photography, filming and recording on public lands.

Several public media organizations jointly submitted comments Wednesday to the Forest Service. That agency is considering a proposed directive that would require permits to film, photograph, and record in wilderness areas.

The public broadcasters want the Forest Service to allow filming and photography without a permit when such activity would have no more impact on the land than the general public does.

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Kenneth Carper uploaded his first photograph to the My Park Photos website last May and this photo is now Photo of the Year. Carper says it was "beginner's luck" in his biography on the site, but it's clear that he has a true talent in photography.

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A federal agency under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts says it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land. The head of the U.S. Forest Service Thursday clarified a rule that’s been generating charges of government overreach.