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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"“Park superintendents set the law enforcement level in their parks with no real oversight from above or check from folks in the field below,” said Mr. Ruch, noting that in 2014 NPS inexplicably reported the lowest number (12) of threats…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The fix is in.  Concessionaires have banded together and approached congress.  Their solution?  Extend FLREA, expand charges for park visitors and give them more control in the NPS.   One after another told the House Subcommittee…"
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Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"You are absolutely correct, Jim. If this was happening to a private business, and stopping their cash flow, they would focus on fixing it ASAP. With the government, not so much. Their paycheck will still be there and they don't have to worry…"
Jul 22
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"This is approaching the level of being totally ridiculous. One would think those paper pushers and keyboard kadets in Gatlinburg could figure a way around this. Any citizen simpleton could, but the almighty and costly bureaucratic bunglers…"
Jul 22
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Jeff, The Backcountry Reservation system is down again.  According to Mark Cooke, it has been down since yesterday.  This is what the NPS was calling, "an enhanced visitor experience". And to think they have used this system to…"
Jul 22
Jeff Schimer commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"This is a classic example of problems with the "computer connected" society we live in. There is no room for common sense. You would think, at least I would, that you would print out the campsite info a couple of times a day should there…"
Jul 17
Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"You can't make this stuff up. The Ca$h flow will be hurting without the $4 fee rolling in."
Jul 17
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Backcountry reservation system is down and has been all morning and most of last night.  I called the bc office and they said they have been out for a day and cannot issue any permits until the glitch is fixed.  Therefore, all BC camping…"
Jul 17
Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"My first thought when I heard this was fee increase."
Jul 13
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"If the Smokies is the most visited national park, then tell me why this is news? http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/smokies-fourth-in-u-s-in-national-park-rescues/article_fb62b47c-1444-5c64-91b6-b509272c73ab.html I'll provide my take.…"
Jul 12
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"David, It also underscores another aspect of arbitrary mgmt.  The Smokies is supposed to be managed as a wilderness area.  That means that the use of chain saws, motorized vehicles and the like is supposed to be prohibited.  We all…"
Jul 9
frank w commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Saw that David. When the fee fight first started Ditz said part of the reason was for environmental impact protection. All of us of course see the kind of impact horses do to trails throughout the park. It's all politics!!"
Jul 8
David Lee commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm sure many have noticed that the NPS is getting ready to spend a pile of money rehabbing Whiteoak Branch trail, and sections of Forney Creek and Lakeshore trails because of damage done by horses. A few of us did this loop a couple of weeks…"
Jul 8
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
Jul 2
frank w commented on Brent Edwards's blog post NPS Director Jarvis
"When you get to Jarvis's level you have to be a great politician.  They shake their head like their listening, make us feel good because we feel like they've heard what we had to say.  Of course, they recite all the talking…"
Jul 2
John Quillen commented on Brent Edwards's blog post NPS Director Jarvis
"Brent, You have the dubious distinction of being the only person to confront Jarvis on the fee face to face, that we know of.  Good work.  Ambush or no ambush, I'm glad he had to actually face a real person with real concerns. Now if…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4118 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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