On Tuesday, November 30, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the Federal Interior Land Media Act, or the FILM Act. Introduced by Senator Barrasso of Wyoming, the act will “provide exceptions from permitting and fee requirements for content creation, regardless of distribution platform, including digital or analog video and digital or analog audio recording activities, conducted on land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior.”
This legislation will modernize outdated, expensive, and burdensome film permitting requirements and other red tape which currently do not distinguish between huge film crews and small groups or independent individuals. While the current regulations were intended to protect habitat and ecosystems, showcasing America’s beautiful wilderness by passionate creators can increase participation and investment in the outdoors. These small, independent content creators are critical to advocating for multiple use and conservation efforts, especially hunting.
Specifically, the Act removes the permit requirement for commercial and non-commercial content, as long as it takes place at an allowed location; complies with visitor policies and state and local laws; is not to the detriment of the experience of other visitors or wildlife; involves 10 or fewer individuals; and does not require the exclusive use of a site.
SCI is in strong support of this bill as it will benefit everyone who enjoys the outdoors and is especially important for current hunters and hunter recruitment.
SCI will continue to fight for pro-hunting legislation, expansion of hunting access, and true conservation of America’s wilderness.