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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…"
Feb 9
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$h has decided to increase frontcountry camping fees. …"
Jan 29
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The Knox News Sentinel just put out a post on Gosmokies about the frontcountry fee increase and basically recited the park press release verbatim.  I had to share my thoughts with the News Sentinel over that lazy sort of journalism.  But,…"
Jan 17
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I saw that Dustin. Looks like the panel isn't going to rubber stamp Zinke's plan for offshore drilling and reducing the size of national monuments like Bear's Ears.  But this cabal will just find another group that can rubber…"
Jan 17
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
Jan 17
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin, It looks like the park folks stuffed the ballot box.  I should also note that most of the comments in favor of the fee were anonymous whereas we ANTI FEE folks aren't afraid to use our real names.  But even so, those opposed…"
Jan 16
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"By a small percentage?!"
Jan 16
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Because it is a snow day at work, I went back over every one of the public comments, (We FOIA bombed them) By a small percentage the number of respondents opposed the fee.  Looks like Ca$H has returned to Sugarlands in a big way and is living…"
Jan 16
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Pricing poor folks out of poor folk activities ... POS NPS "
Jan 16
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Great Smoky Mountains News Release Release Date: January 16, 2018 Contact:  Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov, 865-436-1207 Jamie Sanders, Jamie_Sanders@nps.gov, 865-436-1203 Park Announces Frontcountry Camping Fee Increase Great Smoky Mountains…"
Jan 16
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin, Apparently one senator is looking to see how Zinke spent $40,000 dollars of Interior money to fly around on jets under the guise of "visiting wildfire areas" without actually visiting wildfire areas. Understand he has been called…"
Jan 12
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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Jan 5
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looks like Park Visitors best buy some asbestos suits and gear...Merry Christmas, the NPS is a gift that keeps on costing isn't it...."
Dec 22, 2017
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looks like Ca$h is back at the helm in the Smokies."
Dec 22, 2017
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4671 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.

Therefore, it is our collective opinion that the…

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