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 reservation system and supposedly charge only so long as it took to recover the cost of getting the system up and running. (Seems, too, that they hired a consulting firm to explore possibilities.) Also I remember the public's response was decidedly in opposition to the plan and very few believed that backcountry fees would, in fact, be temporary. So fast forward some 10 years and, as I understand it, the reservation system they're now about to implement (after finding Reserve America unsuitable) has been uniquely created for GSMNP. This time, though, the fees are to be permanent. So, again, does anyone know for certain what year the Park Service previously tried to get this system in place?