Wilderness Take Two
The Forest Service denies an IPTV request to film in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
I was unpleasantly surprise this morning to read on the front page of the Idaho Statesman that the Forest Service denied a request by Idaho Public Television to film a crew of students doing stewardship work in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
The Forest Service believed the request was "commercial" in nature because IPTV sells copies of its programs on compact discs. But IPTV sales strictly cover operating costs. As a state agency, IPTV is prohibited from generating profits.
That aside, IPTV plays a critical educational and informational role in communicating the values of wilderness to Idahoans. Without this programming, including Outdoor Idaho, many Idahoans would be left in the dark about the advantages of wilderness protections for our few remaining backcountry areas.
As an organization that promotes wilderness preservation in Idaho, we have to side with IPTV and the Governor's Office on this one. IPTV's series, Outdoor Idaho, has done much to tell Idahoans the story of our amazing wilderness areas, including the Frank, and why they are important.