Forest Service to Officially Charge $1500 for a Permit to Photograph "Wilderness" Areas

Welcome to the pre-American Revolution King's Forest.  My house sits 12 feet from the Tonto National Forest.  This and many other Arizona forests are incompetently "managed" by the United States Forest Service, which is why we have so many devastating catastrophic forest fires.   (The USFS blames humans and global warming.)  In today's Arizona's forests, there are places you cannot even walk, because of the "dog hair thickets" where hundreds of pine tree seedlings are left to grow within inches of each other.   All of that plant growth is sucking the water out of our rivers.  Our forests are also littered with dead and downed trees, piles of cut wood, and mountains of brush.  Manzanita grow into trees.  When they catch fire, they look like torches you see in a horror movie.   

In fact, we can also thank the environmentalists for stopping "controlled burning," thus contributing to massive fires.  Can we guess how many "endangered/threatened spotted owls" have died in those conflagrations?  Not to mention the flaming bunnies, deer, elk, bears, snakes, quail, plants, insects, and every other imaginable flora and fauna.   The EPA hand wringers fret about coal plants causing a "haze" over the Grand Canyon? 

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Here are a few paragraphs:

"The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas.

"Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in 36 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone.

"Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get a permit could face fines up to $1,000.

Here's how the forest looked in 1909, shortly after the USFS started managing it in 1905. Photos in this series are taken from the same vantage point.  Rest assured that the USFS will tell you that it's YOUR fault the forest is in its current shape.  It has nothing to do with removing cattle or the lumber industry, or with the litigious environmentalists.  Of course not!  

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