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UNIVERSAL PICTURES RESPONDS TO CHARGES BY ONRC AND WILDERNESS WATCH REGARDING PERMIT FOR FILMING OF 'THE RIVER WILD' ON OREGON'S ROGUE RIVER

 PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Universal Pictures:
 Charges made today by representatives of the Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC) and Wilderness Watch regarding negotiations surrounding the Forest Service permit are insulting not only to Universal, but also to others who participated in good faith. Planning for the filming of "The River Wild," here in Oregon as in Montana, has been consistent with Universal's commitment to a "leave no trace" ethic in location filming.
 Universal began working with appropriate federal and state agencies in Oregon months ago, after more than 200 river locations in 12 states had been evaluated as possible locations. The Rogue River uniquely matched the Montana rivers where filming is occurring currently. We have met and negotiated with numerous groups and individuals regarding plans for filming, and have made every possible effort to minimize the effect on the Rogue River environment and the public's use and enjoyment of the river.
 The river depicted in film is a fictitious wild river running through a wilderness. The sections of the Rogue where we will be filming are part of the wild river, but they are not wilderness areas. In fact, hundreds of people pass through the area on a typical day, with as many as 150 traveling by jet boats equipped with loudspeakers past three of our filming sites and within a quarter mile of the fourth site. The "wild" section of the river already contains four lodges, 60 inventoried camp sites, two airstrips, staircases and numerous other signs of human occupation.
 Filming may well be less disruptive to river users than every day activities. A book called "Oregon River Tours" describes the floater's experience on this portion of the Rogue: "With poor luck on a busy day, the floater will meet some seven tour jet boats in Huggins Canyon bringing a couple hundred people into the `wild' Rogue for lunch. They will return before the floater reaches the take out, thus making, conceivably, 14 passenger jet boaters encounters in one day on this Wild and Scenic River."
 The U.S. Forest Service completed an exhaustive environmental assessment, which recommended a different plan for filming than what had been proposed by Universal. It added tough restrictions on what could be done by the film crew along the river. Universal participated in several community meetings addressing concerns about the filming. ONRC did not attend or make any comments at those public meetings, waiting instead until a decision was made and filing an appeal. Unlike more productive negotiations with groups such as the Pacific Rivers Council, ONRC showed little willingness to reach any solutions.
 Universal officials have met and talked repeatedly with ONRC representatives. During negotiations with the ONRC, Universal agreed to substantial changes in filming plans to address concerns they raised:
 -- Limiting the number of people at any one site at a time.
 -- Limiting helicopter flights by nearly 80 percent from levels
 approved by the Forest Service.
 -- Camouflaging platforms to make them nearly invisible from the
 river.
 -- Minimizing delays to river traffic during filming.
 "The River Wild" is a movie about a wild river. It has a strong, pro-environment theme and presents a positive message regarding protection of our wild river system. As the Forest Service has experienced during our filming in Montana, and as the Regional Forester's decision today confirmed, Universal's plans for the filming of "The River Wild" are consistent with the film's message about rivers. We respect the appellants' right to disagree, but we believe the right decision was made on our permit. We look forward to filming in Oregon.
 -0- 9/3/93
 /CONTACT: Pat McCormick of Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, 503-294-9120, for Universal Pictures/


CO: Universal Pictures; Oregon Natural Resources Council ST: Oregon, California IN: ENT SU:

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