25 September 2014 AD
Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates
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.”
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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.
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