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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"WATE just aired a segment about the opposition to the parking fee. They referred to it as "double taxation" and borrowed our language from which the NC resolution was drafted.  Here is a link to the story.  Ca$h isnt going to…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The North Carolina legislature just passed a resolution condemning the Smokies parking fee.  This is some mud in the eye of Cash and crew. https://wlos.com/news/local/newly-filed-nc-house-joint-resolution-opposes-proposed-parking-fees-in-gsmnp"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks Erik. It was difficult to cram it all in there. But, after reading the ignorant comments there and elsewhere, it is obvious that the largely emotional millennials generation is okay with any amount of money being charged by the NPS because…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Nice job, John. It's difficult when there are so many misrepresentations (to be kind) widely circulated and commonly reinforced to even know where to begin when limited to a mere 600 words for a rebuttal.  Did KNS indicate when it would…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm grateful to Joel Christopher at KNS for printing the SFW position on this parking fee and increase in backcountry camping fee. Of course, the usual GSMA and Sugarlands trolls are out in force in the comments there. But, the KNS is THE only…"
May 31
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"If Mark's rated an "Amen", then yours, Erik, warrants a passing of the plate. Those words are golden and I will be borrowing liberally from them over the next months. Particularly important is the Maunday Thursday sham meeting. Like…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Question 1: What parking tag duration (e.g., daily, weekly, annual, or other) would work best for you? None of them work. The NPS proposal is illegal. Under FLREA parking fees are permissible – with accompanying features such as a restroom,…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"And the congregation said . . . AMEN!"
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Mark Cooke commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"FYI, the comment period for the new GSMNP fees have been extended to Wednesday, May 11th. If anyone was on the fence about letting them know how you feel, I encourage you to do so. It's like Erik says, its good to vent. Here is what I had to…"
May 6
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"100% Erik.  I think "fee fatigue" has so many people throwing up their hands, they won't even bother to comment. But, we intend to FOIA the results, so all your thoughts will be critical when we present them to the media, who…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Should anyone want to share their thoughts on the latest proposal for a 100% increase in the backpacker's tax, escalated frontcountry campground fees, and parking fees for every "designated" parking space in the park, the comment…"
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Andrew Sisson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Your comments were successfully submitted at April 26, 2022 04:24 PM Mountain TimePark: Great Smoky Mountains National ParkProject: Proposed Smokies Fee Program Changes for 2023Document: Proposed Smokies Fee Program Changes for 2023Name: Andrew J…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"https://parkplanning.nps.gov/GRSMfeeproposal2023 Public comment period is extended to May 1. Please make your voices known so we can FOIA the results."
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Also, no concession for locals, unless you are a Cherokee, then they get a "pass'. https://www.wate.com/news/smoky-mountains/the-great-smoky-mountains-national-park-proposal-meeting/"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4834 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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