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U.S. Forest Service Imposes Restrictions On Photos And Videos On Wilderness Land


The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a 29,000-acre federal wilderness area east of Bend.

The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a 29,000-acre federal wilderness area east of Bend.

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The U.S. Forest Service recently announced new restrictions for shooting photos and video on federally-designated wilderness land. Under these guidelines, access permits would cost as much as $1500, with fines up to $1000 for violating the rules.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) along with Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Greg Walden (R-OR) immediately expressed concerns that these restrictions would infringe upon First Amendment rights. On Friday, U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell clarified that news organizations would be exempt from these rules, but there’s still some confusion over how the rules will be enforced. 

We’ll discuss the issue with Ed Jahn, a producer at Oregon Field Guide. The U.S. Forest Service did not respond to our requests to appear on the show.

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