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Written on Backcountry Tax: Charging Backpackers to Camp is Against the Spirit of the Smokies:

in response to Rikki:

I don't think anyone has criminal intentions, as some commenters seem to suggest. It's certainly understandable that chronically underfunded GSMNP would seek new revenue sources. I think they picked a bad option and have been quite bumbling in pursuing it, but none of that is criminal.

I would be fine with charging a fee for horses since they do such much damage to trails, especially when the ground is saturated. Footing is far less stable on trails where horses are allowed than on footpaths.

I would also be fine with charging people to drive the Cades Cove loop, especially if the option of free buses were available. I would even consider manned toll booths in a strategic spot or two where people could either make donation or say, "Sorry, not today" and drive on.

There are better options for boosting Park revenues.

Thanks Rikki.

I think you see eye to eye with Southern Forest Watch.

The point is this tax will not, cannot, and was never intended to be a "new source of revenue".

Their public pronouncements were a ruse.

It is totally about control. Period.

Written on Backcountry Tax: Charging Backpackers to Camp is Against the Spirit of the Smokies:

in response to malabarista:

excellent article. The point about this proposal making backpacking more difficult by limiting your ability to change your schedule is a great one. But there are a lot of other reasons this is a bad idea:

1) there is no way it will generate as much money as they claim. There is much more money to be made ticketing the idiots who stop in the middle of the Cades Cove loop road and block traffic.

2) this will pose an unfair burden on youth groups that want to camp in the backcountry, like scouts.

3) this whole idea is completely unworkable for AT hikers. GSMNP will be the only part of the 2000 mile AT that you have to pay for, and if you're a thru-hiker, you don't know when and where you'll stay in advance. You only guess.

Hopefully the fee opponents methods don't get in the way of their message that this is a bad idea.

Mala.

What methods?

If you have a better idea, do tell.

Written on Backcountry Tax: Charging Backpackers to Camp is Against the Spirit of the Smokies:

In their own words:
"There will be no increase in overall annual revenue as the result of this proposed increase as this will simply be a new fee to cover the recreation.gov service fees"
So, when they say the funds generated from this backpacker tax can be used to improve services, etc, you can know they are being disingenuous.
Thanks Metropulse!

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