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Contact: Mike Theune, acting Public Affairs Officer, 559-565-3703
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. February 1, 2017 – The National Park Service is excited to announce new procedures for film and photography permits for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The film and photography permit program at these parks has been on hiatus since September due to staffing changes and a desire to increase the efficiency of the program for both permittees and the parks. By not taking permits, the Film and Photography Permit Office was able to focus on evaluating the program and making additional upgrades.
The most exciting upgrade includes a new series of webpages for information, forms, and contact information. Applications and the website will go live today at noon. The website address is: https://go.nps.gov/sekifilmpermits
“Commercial filming and photography in national parks are an opportunity to share these beautiful places with people who may never visit and inspire the imagination of people far and wide. There is a long history of painting, photography and film in national parks and Sequoia and Kings Canyon are excited to continue this tradition and make it even easier for artists to share the beauty of our parks with others.,” said Christy Brigham, acting Superintendent for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Additionally, parks staff continue to work on the expanded use of Pay.gov, a federal website that allows for secure payments to Federal Agencies. This not only saves time for the permit applicant but also makes the operation much more efficient and secure.
It is the policy of the National Park Service to allow filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of our resources, and avoids conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the parks. Aesthetic values such as scenic vistas, natural quiet and dark night skies are resources that we value. There are restrictions associated with group size, the use of commercial vehicles, generators, artificial lighting, commercial film equipment, props, sets and audio devices. Commercial vehicles must be in compliance with all federal and state laws and local ordinances. Filming and photography can be more difficult during inclement weather due to road restrictions, such as chain control, and limited access.