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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 $40,000 dollars of Interior money to fly around on jets under the guise of "visiting wildfire areas" without actually visiting wildfire areas. Understand he has been called…"
Jan 12
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
Jan 5
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looks like Park Visitors best buy some asbestos suits and gear...Merry Christmas, the NPS is a gift that keeps on costing isn't it...."
Dec 22, 2017
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looks like Ca$h is back at the helm in the Smokies."
Dec 22, 2017
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"This is the first time I have seen a public suggestion that the NPS in the Smokies lit a backfire near park headquarters prior to the great, fateful event.  I'll bet some lawyers will be all over that…"
Dec 21, 2017

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Cho Oyu Tibet

Posted on April 16, 2016 at 7:30am 18 Comments

This is a place where I intend to post dispatches from our attempt on Cho Oyu April 18-May 31.   Our three team members are Frederick Johansson, Andrea Rigotti and yours truly.  Dispatches may also be found at our group website here.  www.chooyunews.com  …

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SFW letter to Tn State Parks Director Regarding B/C Fees at S. Cumberland

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 6:04pm 0 Comments



Mr. Robertson

Thanks for your response, however I find it difficult to agree with your assertion that taxpaying citizens are "appreciative" of the opportunity to pay to use public lands wherein no amenities other than a cumbersome reservation system are provided.  I also find it highly specious that, as public lands czar for our great state, you were unaware of the Smokies fee scandal since you seem to have followed their…

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SFW Response 9/10/15

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 9:05pm 0 Comments

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.,…

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Myer's Appeal to Sixth Circuit 6/29/15

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

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…

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At 11:01pm on June 28, 2017, Jan Cooke said…
Happy Birthday, John!!!
At 1:04pm on March 31, 2015, Joey Prince said…

Thank you sir!!  Glad to be here!!

At 6:55pm on September 29, 2014, Cynthia Clark said…

Thanks John. I'm glad to be here. It's good to know there are others who share some of my views.

At 10:24am on June 19, 2014, Jan Cooke said…
Ha! Yeah. Thought I should get my own membership instead of stalking Mark's!! He was telling me about Bobs Bald and what a cool place. Had to see the pics for myself and he was right! We are heading to Gregory Bald this weekend. Day hike of course ;-)
At 8:17pm on September 5, 2013, Scott Powrie said…

Thanks John pretty impressive site. 

At 10:38am on July 21, 2013, Alan said…
Hey John...I have thought about you several times over the summer...sorry to hear about the difficulties y'all have experienced,but I'm glad your doing well...I enjoyed reading your prospective / thoughts on the people of Pakistan...
Look forward to reading more of your updates

-Alan Fair
At 6:22pm on March 19, 2013, Martin Hunley said…
Knox County, TN commission is considering passing a resolution similar to Blunt County's. All you Fee Fighters in Knox County need to contact your Knox County Commissioners and tell them to support the resolution. Let them know how you feel!!

Commision emails:
tony.norman@knoxcounty.org
jeff.ownby@knoxcounty.org
richard.briggs@knoxcounty.org
larry.smith@knoxcounty.org
brad.anders@knoxcounty.org
dave.wright@knoxcounty.org
michael.brown@knoxcounty.org
mike.hammond@knoxcounty.org
ed.shouse@knoxcounty.org
sam.mckenzie@knoxcounty.org
amy.broyles@knoxcounty.org

Also Mayor Burchett county.mayor@knoxcounty.org

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At 6:18pm on March 19, 2013, Martin Hunley said…
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At 7:08pm on March 5, 2013, Mark Cooke said…

Hey John,

After reading the lawsuit over the weekend I just wanted to thank you and your Knights of the Backcountry for the hard work. Great piece of work. As I told Myers we are hopeful to get a judge with integrity and one you does not cave to political influence. Just wanted you to know that my wife, sister, nephew and I were hiking the Husky Gap trail a couple of years back in the fall and we ran into the Chief Ranger at the intersection of Sugarland Mountain Trail. He told us he was retiring soon and he was walking over to look at where they were thinking of moving campsite 21 to. We all were headed to Little River Trail so we hiked with him.

As we walked I asked him what was going on over off of Ace Gap trail and he told me as I circled my map with a sharpie campsite 4 and 7 were going to be closed. I asked why, and he told me they had some problems being close to a "farm" and mentioned some water quality issues because of run-off from a pond. Thought you may find that interesting. I did not know the details that the SFW exploited until I started following this FEEASCO over a year ago. If I did I would of asked more direct questions. Appreciate you helping bring things full circle.

I enjoy bushwhacking as much as you guys do and I did go up an old trail that went NE between CS 90 and 89 that took you past the old CS 88 before you see the Jenkins Ridge trail to the N. We crossed the creek and walked in the creek at least 17 times as we headed up that old non-maintained trail. At the time we did not know that the old CS 88 was still there but I asked this Chief Ranger why did they reuse the old numbers. When you create a new CS why not issue a new number so you can keep up with how many sites you have had over the years. BTW, as you know there is a new CS 88 on the section of Lakeshore Trail not far from Proctor heading W. He could not answer my question. No method to their madness. I think when he retired Mellisa took over some of his duties of moving and shutting down CS.

Thanks again for standing tall against the wrong.

At 6:13pm on March 1, 2013, Erik Gerhardt said…

John,

I appreciate the forum, the Southern Forest Watch site, the hassle of the FOIA request, the organizational skills, the time, money and certain exasperation you've expended in dedication to this cause. I feel bad arriving so late to the party -- kinda like I've been "freeloading" off you guys. I just never have been one to monitor or participate in these online communities.

Elsewhere you stated that out of the stimulus money (64 million, right?) $200,000 went to repairing horse trails and that was it where the backcountry was concerned. Do you recall where you turned that up, and if you do, could you point me to it?

Thanks,

Erik  

 
 
 

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