(Reno Gazette Journal) Forest Service officials are trying to tamp down outrage that spread like wildfire over the notion they want everyone from journalists to freelance photographers to iPhone-wielding hikers to get permits before taking pictures in the wilderness.
The uproar started in response to a Sept. 4 notice in the federal register stating plans to update regulation of commercial photography in federally designated wilderness under Forest Service management. It spread fast on social media following a recent burst of news coverage.
Although major commercial shoots have long been regulated the proposed directive to "to make permanent guidance for the evaluation of proposals for still photography and commercial filming" seemed broad enough to cover a wide swath of previously unregulated photography.
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