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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."
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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"
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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."
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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…"
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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…"
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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."
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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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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
"The NPS just filed an 80 page response to our lawsuit and I am not even more than a few pages in and am dry heaving.  This fee is our fault because, acc to the NPS, we were "begging for it!" I'm posting one page next."
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"This is our 3rd amendment to the FOIA forumulated by the SFW board.  We sent it back to the NPS in this form. November 17, 2014 Marianne M. Mills Via Email Only marianne_mills@nps.gov Regional FOIA and Privacy Act Officer Southeast Region, NPS…"
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Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Myers--With information on the revenue from back country reservations for a specific time period (such as the month of October), then comparison with the stated numbers, it should be fairly easy to ascertain whether or not the NPS's figures in…"
Nov 16
Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks Guys. We're using your comments in a reformulated FOIA request. Keep it coming."
Nov 16
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Also, if they are counting cars what is to keep someone from driving up those numbers intentionally? This whole thing stinks bad."
Nov 16
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Let's assume that by "backcountry users" they actually mean backcountry user/camper nights -- otherwise, the numbers are beyond outrageous. So if there were 10,294 camper nights, that means for the month that 31% of the total…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 3906 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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