The federal employees prohibited from going to work and the businesses losing money generated by tourists drawn to Yosemite, Death Valley and Manzanar aren’t the only local victims of the nationwide government shutdown, now in its 10th day.
The mandatory closure of National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service offices, and the suspension of services that have been deemed “non-essential,” have had what Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley called “a rather devastating effect” on local filming.
According to Langley, most of Inyo County’s prime film locations are managed by the NPS, BLM or Forest Service – agencies whose cooperation is vital to keeping the usually lucrative local film industry afloat.
“With less than 2 percent of our land privately owned,” Langley said, “it doesn’t leave too much land for filming. Of course, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power owns more than 240,000 acres, but that would only address a small percentage of location requests.”