Forest Service Photography Restrictions

US Forest Service Proposes Draconian, Unconstitutional Photography Restrictions→

Today in the annals of unconstitutional bureaucratic overreach…

The U.S. Forest Service is looking to cement regulations on the media’s right to take photos and shoot video on federally designated wilderness land. A new rule that is set to be finalized later this year would require any reporter, photographer, or videographer on the 36 million acres of wilderness the agency oversees to get a permit, lest they face a fine.

Forest Service spokesperson Larry Chambers told the Oregonian that permits will cost up to $1,500, and those caught so much as taking an iPhone photo without clearance will be fined $1,000. Liz Close, the Forest Service’s acting wilderness director, told the Oregonian that the restrictions are following the Wilderness Act of 1964, which is meant to preserve the untamed character of the wilderness and prevent it from being used for commercial gain.