Urgent: Public YOUR comment needed to oppose an unconstitutional Park Service rule

25 September 2014 AD

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates

Our taxes pay to maintain Grand Teton National Park. Can you imagine having to pay the government for your natural right to photograph this beauty?
Our taxes pay to maintain Grand Teton National Park. Can you imagine having to pay the government for your natural right to photograph this beauty?

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

Your Public Comments Are Urgently Needed

Public comment period ends November 3, 2014

Here below are my personal comments submitted 25 Sept. 2014

Reference: Proposed Directive for Commercial Filming in Wilderness; Special Uses Administration

The purpose for preserving select areas of our country was to amaze, delight and educate visitors to national parks. One very important means by which such amazement, delight and education disseminate among our people is by means of personal and professional photography.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the matter of First Amendment protection of photography as protected speech, saying, “to achieve First Amendment protection, a plaintiff must show that he possessed: (1) a message to be communicated; and (2) an audience to receive that message, regardless of the medium in which the message is to be expressed.”

I wholeheartedly oppose this proposed rule that would clearly trample our First Amendment freedoms.

When entering your personal comment, pay attention to the fill in blocks below the comment area. The below are what I entered.

NPS - comment against photography fees

Thank you for your participation.

John White

Rockwall.Conservative@gmail.com

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