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by jessbee
October 30th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: More Fees Coming to a Trail Near You
Replies: 14
Views: 1858

Re: More Fees Coming to a Trail Near You

In the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance conference I attended last week, it seems that the trend nationwide is to enact pay to play permit systems. It was basically the only strategy various land management agencies were talking about. Unfortunately this will become the new norm unless we do...
by jessbee
October 28th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: Conifer IDs
Replies: 30
Views: 2632

Re: Tree bark

adamschneider wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 9:02 am
FYI, the smartphone apps from WildflowerSearch.com work offline and include trees.
Thanks for the recommendation. I just downloaded it and can't wait to use it next time I'm out exploring!
by jessbee
October 28th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: More Fees Coming to a Trail Near You
Replies: 14
Views: 1858

Re: More Fees Coming to a Trail Near You

drm wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 9:17 am
jessbee wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 8:30 am
Ok, I just crafted my message for my lovely rep Greg Walden.
Walden just announced that he is retiring, will not seek reelection next year.
Oh great well that is good news.
by jessbee
October 28th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: More Fees Coming to a Trail Near You
Replies: 14
Views: 1858

Re: More Fees Coming to a Trail Near You

Ok, I just crafted my message for my lovely rep Greg Walden. Thanks to a few of you who shared your letters that offered inspiration for my own. I'll note this: I've heard the Forest Service say a variation on this a few times now: "we received xx comments, BUT -- of those were FORM LETTERS." It is ...
by jessbee
October 25th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: More Fees Coming to a Trail Near You
Replies: 14
Views: 1858

Re: More Fees Coming to a Trail Near You

Thanks for sharing. Sounds like this will be an easy one to get Greg Walden on board with so I'll get a message to him ASAP.
by jessbee
October 24th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Central Cascades permit fees announced
Replies: 127
Views: 9059

Re: Central Cascades permit fees announced

Two open-house events scheduled: The first open house will be held on Monday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Station, 301 S. Elm St, Sisters. The second open house will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Deschutes National Forest’s Bend-Ft. R...
by jessbee
October 21st, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Central Cascades permit fees announced
Replies: 127
Views: 9059

Re: Central Cascades permit fees announced

What is the best method to voice meaningful opposition to this plan? From the original post: Comments on the special recreation permit fee be mailed to the Willamette National Forest, ATTN: Recreation Fees, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, OR, 97477. Comments can also be submitted by emai...
by jessbee
October 21st, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 2489

Re: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA

In terms of "Draconian," just look at the Central Cascades permit snafu! If people want to step up, the first step is to write comments saying the fees are not supported by FLREA, since regular hiking is not "special recreation." The FS received very few comments about the initial permit proposal -...
by jessbee
October 16th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Safe rainy day hikes
Replies: 8
Views: 782

Re: Safe rainy day hikes

I'll second the recommendation for using hiking poles and making sure you've got good footwear. If you're not confident on slippery ground, I'd also avoid trails with long rocky sections like Table Mt. Only us weirdos think that kind of thing is fun in the rain :lol: Use your judgment and you'll bui...
by jessbee
October 11th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Central Cascades permit fees announced
Replies: 127
Views: 9059

Re: Central Cascades permit fees announced

I'll add that all of the purported benefits of the permit system: increased solitude, reduction in human impact, etc assumes 100% compliance with the program. A friend recently attended an Oregon trails conference and said that at one presentation they stated that with a volunteer/ ranger at the tra...