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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"If Mark's rated an "Amen", then yours, Erik, warrants a passing of the plate. Those words are golden and I will be borrowing liberally from them over the next months. Particularly important is the Maunday Thursday sham meeting. Like…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Question 1: What parking tag duration (e.g., daily, weekly, annual, or other) would work best for you? None of them work. The NPS proposal is illegal. Under FLREA parking fees are permissible – with accompanying features such as a restroom,…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"And the congregation said . . . AMEN!"
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Mark Cooke commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"FYI, the comment period for the new GSMNP fees have been extended to Wednesday, May 11th. If anyone was on the fence about letting them know how you feel, I encourage you to do so. It's like Erik says, its good to vent. Here is what I had to…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"100% Erik.  I think "fee fatigue" has so many people throwing up their hands, they won't even bother to comment. But, we intend to FOIA the results, so all your thoughts will be critical when we present them to the media, who…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Should anyone want to share their thoughts on the latest proposal for a 100% increase in the backpacker's tax, escalated frontcountry campground fees, and parking fees for every "designated" parking space in the park, the comment…"
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Andrew Sisson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Your comments were successfully submitted at April 26, 2022 04:24 PM Mountain TimePark: Great Smoky Mountains National ParkProject: Proposed Smokies Fee Program Changes for 2023Document: Proposed Smokies Fee Program Changes for 2023Name: Andrew J…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"https://parkplanning.nps.gov/GRSMfeeproposal2023 Public comment period is extended to May 1. Please make your voices known so we can FOIA the results."
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Also, no concession for locals, unless you are a Cherokee, then they get a "pass'. https://www.wate.com/news/smoky-mountains/the-great-smoky-mountains-national-park-proposal-meeting/"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The NPS certainly has utilized COVID to – even more than usual – do as it pleases. That so-called meeting was nothing but a PR stunt. If you’ve read the press releases and the park website FAQ you already knew how they'd…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thieves is right.  This afternoon they are doing a virtual meeting if anyone wants to log on and comment. We have a person, Seth, who is going on to make his concerns know, provided they give him an opportunity. Here is a link for those of you…"
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Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Bunch of thieves, so glad you guys continue to expose and resist their efforts "
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Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"From what I have read they will not be enforcing this! They also know that it will NOT help with the parking problems that already exist! To me it is just another way to get money from those of us that visit the park! I have read sooo many people…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"These morons that are cool with a 5 dollar parking fee now need to be reminded that our four dollar backpacking fee has doubled in ten years.  So ask them if they are cool with twenty dollars in two decades to pull off and hike up to the…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4829 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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