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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Not that this should come as any surprise from the most loathsome DOI Secretary in history. https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/07/ryan-zinke-helicopters-dc-212730?lo=ap_c1"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"In response to something Jim mentioned earlier I wanted to share a recent experience with Lameass Alexander's office. I first called Sen. Corker's office to express my concerns about a pending piece of legislation (not related to the fee…"
Nov 20
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Just when I thought the Dept of Interior couldn't reach a greater level of arrogance, Ryan Zinke, the biggest hack in the cabinet, says…"
Nov 16
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"NPS efficiency at its finest. And to think we were assured that this would make things so much simpler, so much more functional, and so user friendly. It's enough to make one rage at the heavens. Jim Casada"
Nov 9
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The backcountry permit site has been down all morning, for anyone that is wishing to get a permit and pay for the privilege of this amenity known as the online reservation system."
Nov 9
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"NPS has received 40,000 comments about this fee increase ALREADY!  http://www.kaweahcommonwealth.com/news/proposed-park-fee-increase-prompts-flood-comments"
Nov 7
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Well, looks like our combined efforts may be having some effect.  It will be interesting if Zinke finds the Senators concerns of any import. …"
Nov 1
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks for posting that Dustin. With regard to contacting Duncan, he has an exemplary record of protecting logging and deems anyone who questions logging as "rabid environmentalists".  I'm so glad he is retiring.  Similary,…"
Nov 1
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Voting is TODAY! Contact your Representative in Congress and tell them to VOTE NO on H.R. 2936   https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2936 ;"
Nov 1
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Many folks have been inquiring about prolonged backcountry closures so we at the board of SFW sent the following letter to the backcountry specialist, Christine Hoyer.  Since the inception of the backcountry fee, more backcountry sites than…"
Oct 28
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Andrew--You've detected the fly in the ointment. Public officials detest traceable accountability and it is little short of amazing how often local officials provide phone numbers and mailing addresses by not e-mail addresses. Of course you can…"
Oct 26
Andrew Sisson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Here is what Kitty states on her website about contacting them: Besides contacting your own elected officials, you should let your views be known to the leadership of the oversight committees and subcommittees. You can only contact them online if…"
Oct 26
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I agree with John on e-mail. It is provable and you can save your message(s) in a folder. Phone calls are easy to brush off and easy to deny. Jim Casada"
Oct 26
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I've been working with Kitty to get this together.  So here is a link with contact info for folks to share on social media. http://www.westernslopenofee.org/fee-watch/fee-wars/action-campaigns/national-parks-want-massive-fee-increase/"
Oct 25
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"AJ, I phoned each one of them.  Because Kitty asked me to.  But I am a firm believer in emailing as it is traceable through FOIA. And I intend to see just what kind of pushback they are receiving eventually.  What do you think?"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4654 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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