Great news on the "fee front," for those of you opposed to fees and the illegal fee system the Forest Service, BLM and private concessionaires have been conspiring with. An important victory has been won, which should propell the battle forward. The offending organizations are starting to scramble and lawsuits against them are multiplying.
Here at SP I had a number of detractors and naysayers saying it couldn't be done, that going up against the government was a waste of time and money. I would suggest in reply that the government is wasting taxpayer money losing court battles over illegal fee schemes. The money could be spent taking better care of our public lands, or, more importantly, our disabled vets, for heaven's sake.
A particular battle I was involved in was the illegal fee being charged at Mount Evans near Denver. Mount Lemon, near Tuscon, was embroiled in a similar situation. The district court in Denver had narrowly sided with the forest service, which had us more determined than ever. The Mt. Lemon case was totally ruled in the favor of the people
, which resulted in the freeing of Mount Evans from under the insidious fee system being imposed there. So I say to the naysayers-it CAN be done
, and don't give up the fight. Exercise your rights as Americans, do your research and do not pay any illegal fee
. I fear we might not be able to do much more exercising of our rights in the future, so act while you are able to before you're ordered to cease and desist. California, Oregon, Washington and a number of other states are now seeing more action in this area and will be the next battlefronts in this ongoing struggle.
You can read about the many recently breaking events (and there's a lot going on) at the Western Slope No-Fee Coalition's website.WESTERN SLOPE NO-FEE COALITION
This post was made primarily to keep SP folks informed on the continuing fee debacle.