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Forest Service Makes it Easier for Visitors to Enjoy National Forests and Grasslands

Announces Steps to Modernize Recreation Permitting Process

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced steps to make it easier for outfitters, guides, schools, non-profits and other partners to take groups out to enjoy outdoor activities on national forests and grasslands. By streamlining the approach to special-use permitting for national forests and grasslands, our natural resources will be even more accessible to Americans.

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Rules? Who needs rules?

The federal agency will allow public comment for an additional month, until Dec. 3, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said, and set up meetings to answer questions from journalists, wilderness groups and the public.

"The Forest Service proposed directive on commercial filming in wilderness has been in place for more than four years and is a good faith effort to ensure the fullest protection of America's wild places," Chambers said in a statement.

Fox News did a report about this proposal that was little missing leading.  The Fox News segment talked about Forest Service and wilderness while showing pictures of National Parks.  

But then, the general public can relate to iconic views of Yosemite NP Half Dome and Yellowstone Geysers.  It much harder for the public to relate to wilderness areas under Forest Service management.  Seems few people care about or even know about those "special" areas as they are managed to exclude all but the most adventurous of the public that can endure to physical exertion to visit.

And, the backlash that ensued....   Seems the elite does not grasp the concept that what they want for others also applies to them. After all, the same law Forest Service is citing to charge for film/photo permits in wilderness is also the same law that is used to charge outfitters and guides for horseback trips into wilderness.  And, it is the same law that allows Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to charge special recreation event fees for the general public to use public lands.  And, it is the same law used to require expensive permits for motion pictures, television shows and commercials to film on public lands. The media and wilderness advocates are elite.  Rules, what rules? 
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Forest Service Launches Special Uses Website

Each year, the Forest Service receives thousands of individual and business applications for authorization for use of National Forest System (NFS) land and carefully reviews each application to determine how the request affects the public's use of NFS land.

Normally, NFS land is not made available if the overall needs of the individual or business can be met on non-federal lands.

In general, a special-use authorization is a legal document such as a permit, term permit, lease, or easement, which allows occupancy, use, rights, or privileges of NFS land. The authorization is granted for a specific use of the land for a specific period of time.

You will need an authorization:

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