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Old 08-16-2011, 04:08 PM
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Default Proposed fees for the Park

Our local paper had a small article about charging fees for backcountry campsites. They are looking at generating revenue for more staff to patrol the park. I did a search with "great smoky mountain fees" and came up with a whole sackful of information. For those who have been monitoring this issue, I suggest you do the search. We'll see what happens.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:08 PM
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I have been monitoring it closely and will be at the meeting on Thursday night at park hq. Any other folks from the forum going to be there?
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:22 PM
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Adam, thank you for planning to attend. I'm anxious to hear more.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:46 PM
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Yeah there is some big movement and outrage on this. Just this week more than 500 people signed a petition against it at the Little River Trading Company in Townsend. The petition made WBIR news tonight lots of folks talking about it. I think the park kinda thought backpackers wouldn't fight much they are a small and passive group after all who like to get away from it all you know. Heath Shuler and other reps are getting involved I have heard but the fight isn't over by a long shot. Hopefully at the very least folks who can't come to the meeting will let the park know what you think about issue by emailing comments to the park about the proposal to charge fees for backcountry camping at: grsmcomments@nps.gov
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:15 AM
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I could understand a general admittance fee to all who enter the Park. But, I do not believe that the back country backpackers should bear all of the burden alone for the need for revenue. It is fundamentally unfair.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:24 PM
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The park cannot charge an admission fee as there is a clause in the deeding that prohibits the fee. This was a point in one of the sites that came up on my search. I'm sure that there are other ways to contribute. Do any of you out there put money in the boxes on the Cades Cove Road?
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