Erik Gerhardt
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"So no public review/comment period on the $56 charge for groups of 8-12 to enter Whiteoak Sink for 3 hours? Has the process changed so that the tax-paying owners no longer have a voice, or is this avoided by merely labeling the new system a…"
Mar 23
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks for the heads up, John. Just did get my comments in before the deadline, for what that effort is worth. Any road expansion/construction when the park attributes 80% of its maintenance backlog to existing roads is ridiculous. They call the…"
May 23, 2020

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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!


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 or go through my website,


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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