Taking a cell phone picture without a permit? That’s a $1000 fine, if the U.S. Forest Service gets its way.
The U.S. Forest Service wants photographers to pay $1,500 for a permit to shoot images on Federal a.k.a. public wilderness areas. The plan would require permits even for recording video or taking photos with a camera phone.
Your wilderness photo shoots would have to first be approved by the Ministry of Information, excuse me the Forest Service, and they would have to meet specific criteria, such as being educational in nature, and photography advertising purposes on Federal wild lands would be banned.
This half-baked plan from the Forest Service is open to public comment, and for those who remember the First Amendment exists, that public comment forum is likely to be lit the freak up in the next few days.
PINAC readers, you know what to do.
Check out Oregon Live’s 7 things you should know about the Forest Service’s media restrictions in wilderness.