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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"While Lameass is breaking his arm to pat himself on the back here, I will never forgive him for supporting the tax on backcountry camping and his refusal to meet with any of us to justify his decision. If you read this article, take note of where…"
Jun 18
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Well said, as usual Erik. Pavement is always the park's greatest expenditure, so it really makes sense to create some more. I am increasingly wondering if the mountain bike proposal (and I am an avid mtn biker) doesn't have something to do…"
May 24
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks for the heads up, John. Just did get my comments in before the deadline, for what that effort is worth. Any road expansion/construction when the park attributes 80% of its maintenance backlog to existing roads is ridiculous. They call the…"
May 23
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The comment period closes tonight, so get yours in."
May 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Here is a direct link to the comment page. https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=103287"
May 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The NPS is proposing spending a lot of money to build another big road in Metcalf bottoms. I am for the mtn biking proposal, but this road is just a waste of money. Be sure to leave a comment…"
May 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"  NPS logic, Dustin."
Apr 6
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Setting backfires with a 80mph wind forecast ?!"
Apr 6
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin, The park service tried to get the whole thing dismissed but this judge said no. Remember they sent Ca$h on a little "assignment' to D.C. until they thought the smoke cleared. Problem was, people died. And I can tell you, because…"
Apr 6
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Gross negligence"
Apr 6
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looks like old Cash and crew are getting a dose from Gatlinburg fire officials. As they should. Remember, Cash was a firefighter with the Forest Service, I believe, prior to his stint at…"
Apr 6
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I wonder if Leconte Lodge guests are similarly forbidden from the "backcountry"."
Mar 25
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin you very well might be right! I sure hope not but........."
Mar 24
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I dunno how we're going to pay for a $2 Trillion stimulus , let alone a $25 Trillion national debt. Might be big cuts coming down the pike. The NPS might be one of the first. Will this be the trigger that creates the fee?"
Mar 24
Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Wow!!! I am having a hard time wrapping my head around all this! I work at a car dealership in the parts dept and yesterday our company laid off 90% of my coworkers! Yes since I am the parts manager I get to stay! It has been like a ghost town here…"
Mar 24
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"They just closed the entire Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Including the backcountry."
Mar 24

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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4755 Comments

Our original Backcountry Tax blog on the gosmokies site was moderated by some folks who held an opinion in favor of backcountry fees.  As a result the blog operator, Jigsha Desai made several threats to shut us down but we remained in operation because it was the most popular blog post in the history of that site.  We decided to take our conversation to a place where our message wouldn't be suppressed.  This blog is the result.

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