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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The Knoxville News Sentinel is running two stories today.  One is about Leconte Lodge managers leaving (who openly supported the fee quite vocally), the other is about the GSMA selling Kephart books (think Gary Wilson, the unabagger and…"
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Andrew Sisson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"When open we should have a SFW fund raiser there....."
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John Quillen 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
"this is the best LIE of all. page 43 Additionally, communications from a plaintiff in this matter, JohnQuillen (AR 245-46) [Doc. 39-2 ID# 614-15], and another interested member of the public, KittyBenzar (AR 235-36) [Doc. 39-2 ID# 604-05],19 were…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"from page 42. Two hundred thirty commentsand two petitions were received, and it was acknowledged that although manycomments did not support the BCF, the Park’s perception was that most of those commentslikely came from “relatively…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Its all about what is convenient for the NPS. "
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"There's been some criticism for the park's approach for collecting public feedback—no comments are being accepted via e-mail, fax or an NPS website, although they can be submitted via U. S. Mail, or in person at a series of public…"
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Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Seems like the same old lies, exaggerations, and miss representations being repeated all over again! "
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Dan G commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"It is interesting to note that the response is filled with details of high level communication and decision making that appeared nowhere in the administrative record.  If the government lawyers could access this information for the response, is…"
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Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"My first response is to make them produce documentation of all the requests for a backcountry law enforcement presence. They claim the public was clamoring for it, but they need to produce their proof."
Nov 22
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I uploaded the link to all 68 pages.  Hopefully you can access them through this google docs link. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3rQxlRiSX1Ra1hzX1lqNEFqZlk/view"
Nov 22
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"If anyone wants a copy of this 80 page behemoth, email me and I will forward it to you.  Myers is going to convert it to word so hopefully I can post it before I hit the trail tomorrow."
Nov 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"1. Relocation of the Ace Gap TrailIn March 2000, Staff Park Ranger Robert W. Wightman was informed by then ActingSuperintendent Phil Francis that then Governor Don Sundquist had contacted the Park, askingthat a portion of the NPS’ Ace Gap…"
Nov 21
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Notice that they studiously avoid noting the fact that there were many hundreds of signatures on the petitions, and of course they don't even mention that lots of those signatures were accompanied by comments. Some of the comments were quite…"
Nov 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"9 Subsequent to November 8, 2012, the Park staff discovered that a draft version of thefee proposal had been sent inadvertently to the NPS Regional Director instead of the finalversion.   page 13."
Nov 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I suppose the 500 signatures on the petition are being discounted again because they don't count as "comments", although most had comments. "
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 3913 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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