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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Yeah, he hung old Clay out to dry, didn't he Myers?  Very artful ,these bureaucrats.  Just like the way in which he has used the fire to dodge meeting with SFW.  Old Ca$h didn't get to be a bigwig in the NPS without learning…"
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Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"“I have had time to reflect and I remain confident in the decisions made by the deputy superintendent, the chief ranger and the fire management officer,” he said. “Reflecting back on this, it is apparent to me that they used the…"
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Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Unfortunately, "investigations" of this sort all too often lack truly independent membership. From the description of this investigative body's membership, the only truly independent party will be the one (or possibly two) individuals…"
Monday
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Independent investigation?  Not if the NPS is involved investigating itself. I can tell you that we were supposed to meet with Cash the day in question.  And he cancelled on us.  We have tried to reschedule with him but I reckon he is…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"From the Maryville Daily Times Today.  Of course, the MDT doesn't check press releases from the park, just publishes them unaudited.  I've confronted Trexler on his biased Smokies reporting in the past.  So this is no real…"
Jan 13
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"How's this for classic Duncan NPS Doubletalk?  7/22/16  Then compare it to what he said in the KNS yesterday. “I have always supported funding the Great Smokies, especially to address the maintenance backlog," he said.…"
Jan 8
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"On Nov. 28 on a mountaintop called the Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, someone spotted a fire and called the National Park Service. The fire started up on the Chimney Tops, and I can tell you that there wouldn’t have…"
Jan 8
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Sounds good to me. Jim, I have been through Bryson City a handful of times. It is very easy to feel at home there. You were very blessed to have been raised in those mountains"
Jan 8
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Sounds good to me. Jim, I have been through Bryson City a handful of times. It is very easy to feel at home there. You were very blessed to have raised in the mountains. "
Jan 8
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"We just sent the following email to Bill Gabbert, the man who expressed concerns about the park's response to the wildfire in the Smokies. Mr. Gabbert,My name is John Quillen and I am the board president of the Southern Forest Watch. Our job is…"
Jan 7
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin--The newspaper where I'll use the muskie information is the little local weekly in Bryson City, the "Smoky Mountain Times." I grew up in Bryson City and the column, which I've written for a decade or longer, is a way of…"
Dec 31
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"What newspaper are you writing for? I will have to look for it. My Cottrell genealogy is strong around the Calderwood and Ball Play Area. I spend a lot of my free time wondering around the Cheoah, Calderwood, and Chilhowee areas. I love to hear the…"
Dec 31
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin--Muskies have always been present, albeit in very small numbers, in the Little Tennessee drainage. Old-timers, at least on the North Carolina side, called them jackfish. My grandfather had a wonderful tale of hooking one on a trot line. I…"
Dec 31
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Lord knows I have enough books to catch up on, but I just found another today wrote by Joe Manley. I thought I would share here just incase there are some of you that are interested. Manley was briefly a GSMNP Ranger in the 1930s. I found it…"
Dec 31, 2016
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Well, someone with some clout.  Larry Waters set a bad precedent for critical questioning with his 'Monday morning quarterbacking' reply to Kimberly King's questioning of why it took so long to react. "
Dec 30, 2016

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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4471 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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