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My intention with the illegal insinuation is that the NPS violated their own rule making policies and are violating the federal lands recreation enhancement act. They cheated in that they didn't follow proper protocols via the public participation guidelines outlined by the DOI. Some may call it "fudging". They will, in my opinion only, be stealing if they charge backpackers to the exclusion of all other high impact user groups, as Rikki mentioned. I don't think they have criminal intent, just manipulative playing with the numbers to shove this tax down our throats. They are unelected bureaucrats who are forcing us to pay to use federal land and have absolutely no oversight by the general public or congress. The abuses by the NPS are rampant and well documented. Look into the Case of the Indian Trader or Ranger Danno scandals. You will see a bureau that has taken a lot of good will and operates with impunity.The wealthy, such as equestrians and the blackberry farm crowd, don't backpack. They just tromp through this public land on the backs of us common taxpayers.
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