I'm putting this on a separate thread so it will be noticed.
I spoke with Lee Dickinson, a very nice
lady who also happens to be an amateur photographer. Lee has received over 100 emails about permits since Michael ran the blurb in the What's New section of this site. She acknowledged that many rangers are misinformed about the fact that permits are generally not needed for still photography in the National Parks, regardless of commercial activity, and wants to do something about it.
She referred me to an NPS WEB PAGE
that has been active for a little over three weeks.
Lee indicated to me she will make an effort to clarify the NPS policy so that it would be printable on a single page, and that it would be crystal clear in stating that still photographers do not require a permit, even if they are engaged in commercial activity. This official statement could be printed and kept in a camera bag so it can be shown to any misinformed ranger. It will in effect be the "get out of jail free" card that should end any argument.
Once this is done, she said she will contact Michael and ask him to put an announcement on LL.
I'm impressed and grateful. Not bad for a goverment official!!