Trailhead Parking

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Re: Trailhead Parking

Post by drm » June 25th, 2019, 6:22 am

I also don't pay for parking, but I have a pass. Some of these passes are available for free if you volunteer. In the case of the NWFP it requires two days of volunteer activity for the Forest Service. You can volunteer for WTA trips in Washington to get one, presumably with TKO in Oregon. You can also volunteer directly with the Forest Service. Volunteer work can range from trail maintenance to removing illegal fire rings to exotic weed removal to just monitoring - collecting information that they need on something or other. In some cases it can be done on trips you would do anyway, other times on scheduled trips you join.

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Re: Trailhead Parking

Post by Water » June 25th, 2019, 11:56 pm

Ramble wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 4:12 am
You must be retired or have some money in the bank. I'm a blue-collar working man and the only income provider in my household (wife is disabled) and I don't have the time or money to deal with being a "test case". I'll pay the annual fee and let someone else who has the time and/or money fight the government, if they so choose. And good luck to them.
Not that I want to throw money in the garbage but not paying for parking doesn't mean a $5,000 fine or 6 months in jail. Losing a 'test case' would mean paying a $45 fine if you didn't want to pursue it.. and you might even get a NWFP out of that. I think the statutes even have specific provisions for first offense that the fine amount cannot be over a certain amount (iirc $99).

I don't have the time really but I'd make it if I could go down that path with the FS because I'm so opposed to how they're further monetizing the outdoors and restricting access. As a respectable blue-collar working man, people like yourself on single incomes and those will be most affected by FS policies, letting the wealthy and those with idle time to game permit systems and online lotteries hike while those who don't have those means are kept out.
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Re: Trailhead Parking

Post by BigBear » July 3rd, 2019, 8:32 am

LOL - USFS has conned a lot people. The courts have found USFS' actions "unambiguously prohibited" (Adams vs USFS and Bark vs USGS et al) to require a pass to hike, backpack or picnic. They know they are in violation of the court rulings and the Recreational Enhancement Act, but they keep doing it anyway. And our Internet-savvy public for some reason can't reconcile the federal court rulings, prohibited and some jerk wearing a green uniform at the trailhead. Gotta laugh, really I do.

Our society has completely lost its moral compass between right and wrong and legal and prohibited.

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