US Forestry Service wages war on photography in national parks


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US Forestry Service wages war on photography in national parks
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And just the other day, I was reading about how goPro sponsors amatuer footage that’s ofen filmed in these sorts of areas

But the furor over this issue seems almost single sourced-- as if one guy at oregonLive is doing his best to exaggerate the threat in one particular direction.

The devilishly hard thing to understand about the proposed regulation is that it modifies already existing regulations

A special use permit may be issued (when required by sections 45.1a and 45.2a) to authorize the use of National Forest System lands for still photography or commercial filming when the proposed activity:

but unless we understand how and why a special use permit is required, it’s terribly confusing,

This looks to be the source for FSH 2709 as currently in force.

A special use permit is not required for still photography when that activity involves breaking news (sec. 45.5). A special use permit:

  1. Is required for all still photography (sec. 45.5) activities on National Forest System (NFS) lands that involve the use of models, sets, or props that are not a part of the natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities of the site where the activity is taking place.
  2. May be required for still photography activities not involving models, sets, or props when the Forest Service incurs additional administrative costs as a direct result of the still photography activity, or when the still photography activity takes place at a location where members of the public generally are not allowed.

When a special use permit is required for a still photography activity and the request is an acceptable use of NFS lands (sec. 45.52), issue a special use permit for still photography activities on Form FS-2700-25, Temporary Special Use Permit, or on Form FS-2700-4, Special Use Permit.

45.51b - Evaluation of Proposals

A special use permit may be issued (when required by sec. 45.51a) to authorize the use of NFS lands for still photography when the proposed activity:

  1. Meets the screening criteria in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, section 251.54 (36 CFR 251.54),
  2. Would not cause unacceptable resource damage,
  3. Would not unreasonably disrupt the public’s use and enjoyment of the site where the activity would occur,
  4. Does not pose a public health and safety risk, and
  5. If it is to occur in a Congressionally designated wilderness area, and the activity contributes to the purposes for which the wilderness area was established.

5.51c - Land Use Fees

Charge a land use fee for all still photography activities authorized under permit, unless the holder or the activity qualifies for a fee waiver as provided in FSH 2709.11, chapter 30.

Direction on fee administration, calculation, accounting, and expenditure of funds for still photography activities is found in FSH 2709.11, chapter 30.
45.52 - Commercial Filming
45.52a - Permit Requirements

  1. A special use permit is required for all commercial filming (sec. 45.5) activities on National Forest System lands (NFS). A special use permit is not required for broadcasting breaking news (sec. 45.5).
  2. Authorize the use of NFS lands for commercial filming activities on form
    FS-2700-25, Temporary Special Use Permit, or on form FS-2700-4, Special Use Permit, when the commercial filming activity is an acceptable use of NFS lands (sec. 45.52b).
    45.52b - Evaluation of Proposals

Use the criteria found in section 45.51b for evaluating proposals to use NFS lands for commercial filming activities.
45.52c - Land Use Fees

Charge a land use fee for all commercial filming activities, unless the holder or the activity qualifies for a fee waiver as provided in FSH 2709.11, chapter 30.

Direction on land use fee administration, calculation, accounting, and expenditure of funds for commercial filming activities are found in FSH 2709.11, chapter 30.


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