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DECISION CLEARS WAY FOR 'THE RIVER WILD' TO BEGIN FILMING ON ROGUE RIVER

 PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Forest Service cleared the way today for filming portions of the suspense adventure, "The River Wild," on Oregon's Rogue River, confirming that plans for the filming will not harm the environment.
 Richard A. Ferraro, deputy regional forester for the Pacific Northwest Region and reviewing officer for the appeals, upheld the decision of the Siskiyou National Forest Supervisor to grant a permit for filming on the portion of the Rogue which runs through the Siskiyou National Forest. In upholding the decision, Ferraro denied appeals filed by Wilderness Watch, the Rogue River Guides Association and the Oregon Natural Resources Council.
 Filming on the Rogue is expected to begin next week.
 Regarding the Forest Service permits, the Forest Service earlier completed an environmental assessment of the impacts of the proposed filming and found the filming would cause no significant impact on the river environment, or the public's use and enjoyment of the river.
 "Clearly, we are pleased that we can move ahead with the filming of our suspense adventure, `The River Wild,' on the Rogue River," Universal Pictures announced today in a prepared statement. "The upholding of our permit affirms the fact that every activity we have planned will protect the wild and scenic river values of the Rogue.
 "We are committed to a `leave no trace' ethic in location shooting, and that has been especially important in planning our filming on the Rogue. We have worked closely with local groups and the Forest Service throughout this process to address any concerns that arise.
 "We're excited to clear the way for filming in Oregon and continuing production of a movie which emphasizes the importance of protecting our wild and scenic rivers, and look forward to a positive filming experience on the Rogue."
 Production staff for "The River Wild" spent several months in Oregon scouting locations, seeking necessary permits, meeting with local residents and preparing for the filming.
 The film company's environmental standards have been applauded by the Forest Service in Montana. The District Ranger for Hungry Horse Ranger District noted that "(`The River Wild') people acted in a very professional manner and were always willing to help protect the resources." Similarly, the District Ranger for the Three Rivers Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest stated that "The River Wild" crew "has been very cooperative in the administration of this permit ... (They have) made every effort to comply with the Forest Service in dealing with these issues and preventing problems."
 In approving the permit, the Forest Service examined each detail of film production plans and added extra safeguards to protect the wild and scenic river values of the Rogue.
 A permit was issued previously for filming on portions of the Rogue controlled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, where next week's filming will begin. Location shooting in Montana on the Flathead and Kootenai rivers is wrapping up.
 Filming in the area covered by the Forest Service permit is set to start in early October.
 The filming will provide a significant economic boost to the once timber-dependent communities in Josephine and Curry counties. The film company estimates it will spend close to $3 million while filming in Oregon. The Economic Impact Study completed this year for the Oregon Film and Video Office indicates "the estimated multiplier for film and video is conservatively estimated at 2.8. This means that each dollar brought into Oregon results in at least another $1.80 in addition induced expenditures." On that basis, the economic boost expected from filming "The River Wild" exceeds $8 million.
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