Re: advocating criminal behavior ? yeah right
Posted by Pugsly on December 22, 2002 at 10:04:46:
In Reply to: Re: advocating criminal behavior ? yeah right posted by frombadtraverse on December 22, 2002 at 00:40:24:
I guess I just don't have a problem with people not making a heavy effort to go and pay fees to use public lands. If you make use of the specific "improvements" to the public lands then maybe you should pay for that priviledge.
DV is a big place, and to my knowledge there are only three fee stations (the approach to Scotty's Castle, Stovepipe Wells, and Furnace Creek). A lot of the time I'm not traveling anywhere close to those areas, so is it criminal behavior to not detour 150 miles (and on desert roads that is all day) to visit the Rangers?
As evidence by the way they are gathering and using the fees in DV, their focus is the tourist-trail (look at the big plans they have for Badwater). They've just started the project to widen the road to badwater and put in more 'facilities' at Badwater: "The Federal Highway Administration and the Fee Demonstration
btw, I do purchase an NPS annual pass each year - it's a lot easier and avoids hassles.