Feds review filming rules; IPTV gets OK to shoot
Associated Press - May 24, 2010 12:44 PM ET

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service will review its policy governing filming on all its public lands after overturning a decision to originally forbid Idaho Public Television from sending a camera crew into a wilderness area.

Idaho Public Television won permission to film in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness after Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson intervened on the station's behalf.

More broadly, the Forest Service aims to clear up inconsistencies in rules for filming on all its territory.
While the Idaho crew was banned from the Frank Church, for instance, Oregon Public Broadcasting regularly takes camera crews into that state's wilderness areas.

Leo Kay, a Forest Service spokesman in Washington, D.C., says managers aim to provide "more-consistent guidelines for all the forests, in terms of media access."

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