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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm praying that Jim Casada and several of you here will go to this guy and straighten him out on his entrance fee…"
Dec 22, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Wow, I guess we should have seen this coming with the advent of the Backcountry Tax.  Who is the most damaging species in the park? Apparently pesky off trail hikers and backcountry users who touch salamanders in the Smokies. "Choosing the…"
Dec 4, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Because that is what Trump would expect, were he ever to set foot in a campground. But his daughter and son in law were in the Smokies a couple of days ago. Wonder where their Amazon delivery went?"
Nov 6, 2019
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
""At the urging of a controversial team of advisors, the Trump administration is mulling proposals to privatize national park campgrounds and further commercialize the parks with expanded Wi-Fi service, food trucks and even Amazon deliveries at…"
Nov 5, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Ran into this Friday on the Rich Mtn Trail.  Some SOB has cut this road right up to the park boundary at 3500 feet. Incidentally, this is one of the few times I have hiked this trail and NOT seen bear. Big surprise?"
Sep 29, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
Sep 5, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm not on facebook but I hope people wear them out. Is he a proponent of an entrance fee?"
Sep 4, 2019
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Some people who commented said they had no idea about the deed agreement "
Sep 3, 2019
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Killboy.com has a Facebook page and today he updated his status with a blurb about 'Why there is no entrance fee to the GSMNP' ...  this would be a good opportunity to spread awareness about the Park's efforts to lift deed…"
Sep 3, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"They obviously don't know how slow I jog, Mark."
Aug 20, 2019
Mark Cooke commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I clicked on the top link of John's response to Radnor Lake below that took me to the state of Oregon, and the trail head Baskett Slough NWR. Their explanation was: "One of the challenges with jogging is that it could have an adverse…"
Aug 19, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I received a response about the Radnor Lake jogging restriction today. And here it is. Mr. Quillen,   Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding jogging at Radnor Lake State Park and State Natural Area. This is a question we often get from…"
Aug 19, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Also, If you purchase through Amazon, you can make sure we receive a portion of your purchase at no extra cost by using this link.  www.smile.amazon.com  and designating Southern Forest Watch. Thanks again.  Now back to your regularly…"
Aug 19, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks Mark, I don't usually do this but as we are rounding the second half of the year, our SFW coffers are very low. The only thing we really spend money on is this blog, which is $35 per month. So, if you may be thinking of your end of year,…"
Aug 19, 2019
Mark Cooke commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The deadline for the NEPA comments is August 26th, not the advertised date of 8/12 in the Outside magazine. Even though many, including myself are skeptical about the Federal Govt listening to folks like us, we still have to continue to speak…"
Aug 15, 2019
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I haven't heard a response from the director of Radnor Lake regarding the jogging restriction. So I contacted his boss this morning. I did receive a response from the director of the Radnor Lake "Friends" Group. Here is what she said.…"
Aug 13, 2019

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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4722 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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