The National Forest Services has announced it will begin regulating photography in the US National Forests. Those who do not obtain a pricey permit face a $1,000 fine for snapping away.
If the plans are finalized in November, any media with a camera, even a simple cell phone camera, will have to purchase a permit from the Forest Service if they plan on taking photographs in places like Mount Hood or Mount Jefferson, permits that can cost nearly $1500. If they refuse, they risk being fined $1000 for the infraction.
Due to the backlash from this story, the NFS has clarified that photos for non-commercial use or financial benefit would be excluded from this permit requirement.
Which leads me to ask–if I get Google ads and write a report about my visit to the forest–would that trigger a fine?
Either way, it sounds like the US National Forest system is getting pretty complicated for such a natural (and free) beauty.