sailfast wrote:Re: Fees for South Colony Basin
by sailfast Â» Fri May 14, 2010 10:05 pm
Don't you think it is time for all users of public trails on Colorado's 14ers to start paying their way. The conditions of the trails on many of the closer 14ers are apalling, and the forrest service seems to have no budget for trail maintenance these days. Hunters and fisherman already pay to play via license fees, as well as contributing to the state search and rescue fund. I would be in favor of a fund generated by user fees to pay for access, trail maintenance, law enforcement (dogs running loose), and environmental remediation of trail damage.
Obviously you have not been reading the other thread. so:
Dear USFS Management: The FLREA was intended to preclude user fees from such activities as hiking, backpacking, birding, and other low/no impact activities. Users of "public trails" do "pay their way" with assorted taxes, volunteer time, donations, and in Colorado purchase of the COSAR card. Volunteer organizations do the vast majority of the trail construction and maintenance on the 14ers (I don't know that I'd call any 14er trails appalling, unless you are a front range USFS employee that is used to gravel trails). Law enforcement? Do we really need armed LEO's roaming the mountains arresting dog owners? Do we need to turn Colorado into Yosemite Valley?
We have access to our mountains, our public lands. Fee or not, this is not going away. Bill mentioned this before, but if the USFS cannot get by on their current budget (which has been INCREASING the last few years) then less infrastructure and fewer employees are the answer. Not more fees and more infrastructure. This is how private industry operates. Maybe the USFS could learn a lesson or two in management.
I don't care that you Tele.