Erik Gerhardt
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Norway's national parks are true wilderness areas, too, with no fees whatsoever (and no tawdry gateway communities). Sweden has the same "right to access" primitive camping policies."
Mar 30
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Surely I'm not the only one who winces at the notion of a "jumbotron." This agency and, to a large degree, this country has so badly lost its way. You can't be all things to all people; you can't serve two masters."
Feb 25
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks for the recap and thanks to all who attended. Great to hear that Morgan Co. is eager to stop this nonsense before it becomes entrenched."
Feb 14
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Reminds me, Rob, of the crap the inept Sundquist administration pulled. My question: what purpose is the 3% that John referenced supposedly going toward, and how much does 3% represent? This is only going to deter backpackers at Frozen Head, and…"
Feb 8
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Would love to see numbers that show a spike in the use of backcountry campsites at Frozen Head, or if there has been an increase, what the overall usage amounts to. My experience: almost every site is unoccupied the vast majority…"
Feb 7
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I would love to be at the Morgan County Commission Meeting, but unfortunately, I'm all but positive I'll have a work conflict. I hope some folks show up to voice their disapproval. Every one of these situations that arises is a…"
Feb 5
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"jadkisson01@gmail.com; jerry5th@highland.net; mmcgrath@highland.net; pgoad51944@gmail.com; rachelee@highland.net; hennesseed@mcsmail.net; dave.hamby@gmail.com; defreels@live.com Commissioners, I don't know if you are aware of the plans at…"
Jan 31
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Multiple billion dollar budget surplus in TN, and they're pulling this crap. Can't even use the lame excuse employed by South Cumberland Recreation Area (Savage Gulf) about accommodating poor out-of-state backpackers (who…"
Jan 30
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looking back 7 posts to the article John linked about the $10 million federal transportation grant (with matching funds coming from TN and the NPS) for the Foothills Parkway, all that project will accomplish is the further ruination, at an…"
Aug 17, 2016
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"That Jarvis would write a book causes me little concern -- though it is amusing that Eastern National doesn't expect to recoup its production cost. But if he believed he held the moral high ground why follow-up his disregard with dishonesty and…"
Mar 3, 2016
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The way I read it the Superintendent will be sleeping in his own bed. I believe "backcountry" here refers to any portion of the park that isn't a paved or gravel surface (or immediately adjacent to such surface). By…"
Jan 14, 2016
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I just now happened to walk past a TV showing WBIR's noon news. Regurgitating a GSMNP press release regarding bear sightings/ activity in the park, I was informed by the astute news anchor (and staff in an accompanying graphic)…"
May 13, 2015
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"That's no copperhead but is instead a far more rare sighting. I think it's an Eastern Milksnake. Beautiful animal."
May 1, 2015
Mark Cooke left a comment for Erik Gerhardt
"Erik, thank you for all of your outstanding insight and comments you share. What you wrote the other day and how we stay in the fight is spot on. Hope you have a nice Easter weekend! Mark"
Apr 4, 2015
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"As disappointing as the judge's decision is, I couldn't be more grateful for those who have spearheaded this fight. In particular, the time Myers has donated to the cause is simply staggering. Like Gregg, there's certainly an element…"
Apr 1, 2015
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"You're right, Dan, about Pretty Hollow Gap. I've also done illegal campfire rehab there more times than I care to recall. Your "point of pride" is well taken and very much appreciated. My efforts are mostly elsewhere now. As I…"
Mar 3, 2015

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Remember last time GSMNP attempted fees for a backcountry reservation system?

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 8:55pm 5 Comments

Was wondering if anyone frequenting this site might recall exactly what year it was that the Park Service previously floated the idea of backcountry fees to pay for a computer reservation system. They held public meetings, which I attended, but I can't recall what year it was and haven't been able to turn up mention of those meetings with online searches. I'm thinking it was somewhere around '02 - '04. What I do recall is that the plan they put forward was to construct their own in-house…

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At 11:46pm on April 4, 2015, Mark Cooke said…

Erik, thank you for all of your outstanding insight and comments you share. What you wrote the other day and how we stay in the fight is spot on.

Hope you have a nice Easter weekend!

Mark

At 1:35pm on February 26, 2013, Andrew Sisson said…

Erik, I watched the meeting on the web from Marietta GA.  You came into the meeting at the absolute right time.  It was a great re-inforcement of what the SFW campaign is all about, but in your own words and supporting facts.  Thank you for standing up. I hope to see you in the backcountry one day.  AJ from Marietta

At 6:04am on February 24, 2013, Jim Casada said…

Erik--Apparently you hit a home run at the Blount County meeting.  To contact me privately, just us jimcasada@comporium.net or go through my website, www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com.

Jim

At 12:26am on February 23, 2013, Mark Cooke said…

Hey Erik, Thanks for your talk last night at the Commission meeting. You really packed a punch with your heart felt talk and all the info you had researched. Thanks so much!

At 7:56pm on February 10, 2013, John Quillen said…

Your look pretty spry for a centarion.  Welcome to the site.

 
 
 

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