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Media on Public Land
4:45 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Public Broadcasters Submit Comments On Wilderness Filming Rules

In this 2013 photo provided by Oregon Field Guide, photographer Andy Maser, right, photographs caver Eddy Cartaya, center, near a glacier cave in the Mount Hood Wilderness area in Oregon for an episode of "Oregon Field Guide" for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Credit Katie Campbell / AP Images

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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Media on Public Land
5:57 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Media Vow To Fight Rule Requiring Permit To Film On Public Land

A view of the Middle Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho.
Credit Rex Parker / Flickr

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a rule that would let it decide whether the media could film in wilderness areas, or take photos there. Broadcasters say the rule gives the government too much control over the content of news stories.

The Forest Service would issue permits based on the potential impact to wilderness areas as well as the story topic.

A fee of up to $1,500 could also be required to receive a permit.

Ron Pisaneschi is the general manager of Idaho Public Television. He says he and other broadcasters are prepared to fight the rule.

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