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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Fantastic "
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Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I love how he took our language verbatim about the park being donated and created by the pennies of schoolchildren and the Rockefellers. Which tells me he knew better than to pick an entrance fee fight. In his mind I suppose that justifies drilling…"
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Yes, Jim. They hung us out to dry. We SFWers have a good friend that is on the ATC and he told me that every time he brought it up, the bigwigs would shudder and change the subject.  Apparently the AT is technically part of the NPS, a fact I…"
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Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John--If I remember correctly, the ATC folks pretty well blew us (and our struggle) off, feeling they were going to get special treatment and as long as that happened all was well.  My Grandpa Joe had an ideal expression for such situations,…"
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Divided we lose "
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Yep, Dustin.  Pay to walk on lands donated by our ancestors.  The irony is that Lamar acknowledged this condition right after saying the Smokies needs an entrance fee. The ATC was no help to us in the fee fight and we reached out to them…"
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Hiking toll trails "
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looks like they are wanting to limit the number of AT thru hikers.   http://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/gsmnp-prepares-for-thru-hiking-season-after-record-year/51-525795041"
Mar 5
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"WBIR just put out a teaser that changes are coming to backcountry camping in the Smokies and they are airing a story about it tonight.  Any speculation on what those changes will be, cough cough?"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"This is disturbing on many levels because it speaks directly to how the Smokies receives funds from Friends and GSMA and what happens to the sales in the bookstores. If you have donated money to any of these groups, it may or may not have gone where…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Visitors spent nearly 400,000 nights camping in the park, which was slightly down from 2016 Yet Ca$h has decided to increase frontcountry camping fees. …"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4684 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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