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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…"
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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…"
Jun 30
Brent Edwards commented on Brent Edwards's blog post NPS Director Jarvis
"I wasn't armed with details and I certainly didn't feel this an appropriate venue to begin a detailed debate.  I wanted him to hear a voice from a backcountry user WHO DOES NOT support the fee and who will not give up on the issue.…"
Jun 30
steve george commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"It is John, on both counts.  Good work Myers, Laren and all others.  It's the Law!  No one is exempt."
Jun 30
John Quillen commented on Brent Edwards's blog post NPS Director Jarvis
"Brent, I laud your fortitude in approaching Jarvis.  However, I suspect that had he known you were coming with that, the "audience" would never have been granted.  Because he has refused to grant an audience with any of us at any…"
Jun 30
Brent Edwards posted a blog post

NPS Director Jarvis

I live in Franklin TN and recently discovered the 15th annual conference on National Scenic and Historic Trails was being held in Franklin at the Embassy Suites and Director Jarvis would speak Sunday morning. His presentation was very enlightening about the various roles and missions of the NPS along with some of there more pressing concerns and issues facing the NPS. Director Jarvis is a very good speaker and I actually learned quite a lot about the NPS's historic and current initiatives and many of the 400+ parks and 30 long distance trails in the system. I wasn't sure if I'd have an opportunity to meet him, but I knew if I had the chance I would voice my support for a fee-free back country. I estimate maybe 50 or 60 other attending so the odds where good. I'm certain I was the only curious "Joe off the street" in attendance.At intermission I met a woman who manages the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and she learned I came that morning to hear the Director speak. She facilitated…See More
Jun 29
Brent Edwards posted a status
"I met NPS Director Jarvis Sunday at the National Trails conference held in Franklin TN. I expressed my support for a fee-free backcountry!"
Jun 29
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"And here is a link to the entirety of our appeal.  It is great reading.  And a great argument. http://gotsmokies.ning.com/profiles/blogs/myer-s-appeal-to-sixth-circuit-6-29-15?xg_source=activity"
Jun 29
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Myer's Appeal to Sixth Circuit 6/29/15

Case Number 15-5413 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT ___________________________________________ SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC. et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, vs. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR SALLY JEWELL, et al., Defendants-Appellees. ____________________________________ Appeal From the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Tennessee Docket Number 3:13-cv-00116-TWP-HBG ____________________________________________ APPELLANTS’ BRIEF J. Myers Morton MORTON & MORTON, PLLC One Morton Place 1518 N. Broadway Knoxville, Tennessee 37917 (865) 523-2000 myersmorton@comcast.net Attorney for Appellant ORAL ARGUMENT REQUESTED Case: 15-5413 Document: 16 Filed: 06/29/2015 Page: 1 DISCLOSURE OF CORPORATE AFFILIATIONS AND FINANCIAL INTEREST 1. Are Appellants Southern Forest Watch, Inc., John Walton Quillen, Robert Earl Cameron and Gregory D. Bostick, a subsidiary or affiliate of a publicly owned corporation? No. 2. Is there a publicly owned corporation, not a party…See More
Jun 29
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dear SFW friends and supporters.  Lest ye think we have been idle these past few weeks, fear not. I am hereby dispatched to inform you fine people that a great many hours (most all Myers) have been spent crafting a brief in response to our…"
Jun 29
Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John.....we're "Rabble" "
Jun 28
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Jim, My first read on Brent's post was "Great, how did he do that".  Then I waited patiently for Brent to recount how Jarvis addressed the issues on the fee. I would love to hear Brent come over and tell us what Jarvis had to say…"
Jun 28
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I don't know Brent Edwards but am certainly pleased he spoke to Jarvis regarding concerns connected with the fee. That being said, I would simply observe that civility can become a mighty elusive commodity when one deals with a steady diet of…"
Jun 28
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm not on facebook but one of our SFWers sent this to me.  Apparently Brent met with Jarvis and posted this on our SFW facebook page. "
Jun 28
Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"That should be Ca$$iu$ Ca$h shouldn't it? You couldn't make this stuff up. I'm still trying to figure out how buying kiln dried firewood has ANY effect on stopping the emerald ash borer and other invasive pests. It will not make one…"
Jun 25

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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4105 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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