Barred from Fort Mchenry.

Started Feb 12, 2009 | Discussions thread
Gary Papilsky Senior Member • Posts: 1,805
The NPS Ranger was correct

I have been an NPS volunteer for 15 years, and the NPS Ranger did exactly what she is trained to do. She did this within the rules, and laws which are applicable to your response to her.

Here is the deal. No one can conduct any activity which results in profit (to them) on any NPS property without permission/permit. Does not matter weather it is photography or a guided hike which you are charging the hikers for. This is simply not allowed without prior consent from the NPS.

She asked you a simple and direct question, and you chose a "for profit" response, it is now her responsibility to stop you from doing this. She can ask you to leave, you have violated the law.

This does not have to be posted. Anyone can take pictures, but if you sell them without approval from the NPS, you have violated the law. Simple.

The NPS has a responsibility to protect the parks, and "for profit" use of the parks is part of this protection. Being in Southern California where the entertainment business is very big this is a common requirement that is well known and observed by professionals.

This is also a way NPS can generate revenue, but I can tell you from first hand experience, this is a pain for them to do.

Gary S P

http://www.garysworld.net

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