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(Just the basic facts. Unbiased without analysis.)
(An account of how the user-fee paradigm came to our forests and an explanation of where this agedna is now headed. As published in the George Wright Forum, Summer 2005.)
(No facts what-so-ever. Just my straight from the heart expression of how fee demo has impacted my life.)
(An up to date account of the whos, hows, whys and wheres of fee demo.)
(Bruce Babbitt mistakenly suggests that outsourcing of federal jobs is the biggest privatization threat facing America's National Parks. Here's the rest of the story.)
(Testimony by Wild Wilderness before a Hearing of the Government Reform and Oversight House Subcommittee on July 9, 1998.)
(Latest research polls show Americans want 'Brand Name' recreation. So that's what the USFS is planning for its customers.)
(In just 800 words learn the real issues associated with recreation fees.)
(Who would sacrifice the real value of Wilderness to collect the price of a Big Mac and fries?)
(Lists the working tenets now being used by federal land managers and gives "on-the-ground" examples of how these are being applied.)
(A good general purpose overview of the issue. Written March 2001.)
(Same as above edited into a shorter version.)
(Explains the shifting direction of federal land management policy and implores the environmental community to take note.)
(There are many reasons to boycott this program. Money, however, is nowhere near the top of the list!)
(Imagine what America would be like if all public "amenities" were managed through public/private ventures.)
(The management control or our public lands are being turned over to private entities, yet the Forest Service Chief denies this is happening.)
(The success of Fee-Demo is absolutely critical to the long term survival of the Forest Service.)
(If we can remove the profit motive from public land management, we stand some chance of protecting our wild lands. )
(A very short essay that asks: "Do you want it?")
(A rock-solid no-frills analysis of the issue.)
(Here's as much of the story as can be told in 250 words. Please consider sending a letter such as this to your local newspaper)
(Here are dozens of sample letters written by a wide variety of people, expressing a broad range of reasons why Americans oppose this program.)
(We question one of the tactics being used to influence public opinion on land management issues.)
(A tongue-in-cheek Congratulation to a Great Outdoorsman.)
(Wild Wilderness would like your feedback.)
(Educator and liberal columnist John Borowski explains who, exactly, are the interest group commodifying wildness and why you should refuse to pay their new Recreation Access Tax.)"
(Long-time political writer Jon Margolis takes on the pay-to-play issue writing for The American Prospect. In what many regard the best article ever written on this subject, Margolis, calls this "the battle for the future of America's parkland (and soul)."
(An explanation of how fee-demo has become one of the greatest threats to public lands written by Richard W. Behan, author of Plundered Promise: Capitalism, Politics, and the Fate of the Federal Lands.)
(ParkWatch Supervisor Gene Messick thoughtfully explains the "scam" commonly known as Fee-Demo)
(A feature article published at the time Congress was in the process of repealing Fee-Demo and replacing it with the Recreation Access Tax.)
(Excellent review published 9/01 in the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club "Southern Sierran.)
(Analysis of General Accounting Office reports concludes that Fee-Demo should end.)
(Written as a gradate school research project, this paper give an excellent overview of the pay-to-play issue.)
(Several pages of concise, and very useful, material explaining the Fee-Demo issue.)
Leads for ExplorationThe following are incomplete, but highly suggestive, stories. Readers are invited to use these leads as sources for further investigation. They should not be published or distributed without express permission from Wild Wilderness.
(Federal land-management agencies are using data researched by a firm of questionable integrity, and paid for by large corporate recreation interest groups.)
(Having failed at the "Brand-Name" approach while CEO of Times Mirror, former Recreation Rountable Chairman Pandolfi, tries his brand of management on our public-lands.)
(The interconnections between American Recreation Coalition, the Recreation Roundtable, Senator Frank Murkowski, US Forest Service Chief of Staff, Francis Pandolfi, and Roper Starch Worldwide, are all tied together in one neat package.)
(While most Americans believe we must address the issue of global warming, the American Recreation Coalition is actively opposing controls on green-house gas emissions. In fact, ARC is a major player in the wise-use movement's effort to protect the rights of corporations to pollute.)