What do you guys/gals think. Should there be hiking fees? Biking fees? Fees, licensing, registrations?? I know as an avid hunter and snowmobiler I have no problem paying all the necessary registration fees, and licensing necessary for me to enjoy what I do. With the number of hunters on the decline should other outdoor enthusiasts/sports join in on raising money to maintain trails, camps, etc etc?
I'd safely guess that all of us give donations to support the activities we enjoy. I'm not speaking of donations but rather mandatory licensing/registration to be able to participate in the sports we enjoy.
I don't don't like hiking fees. You should encourage people to walk away from their computers and get outside. Being near a large undeveloped wild area contributes to a happier healthy population generally. The more people that get out into the woods the more they will support maintaining it. Fees just discourage participation and change the focus from recreation to maximizing revenue. That's exactly why the subject of selling off Gore and Whiteface comes up so often.
Pay to walk. That's how it can be summarized.....and the idea is ridiculous. Sure, trails need maintaining but whatever that cost is (cost/person visit) that value isn't apparent enough. That's why it needs to come from general revenue.
If you look around at the size of most people today, we should be paying them to walk. Just kidding, but financial barriers shouldn't be put in their way. Think of the cost for visitors to get here - food, lodging, gas - do you want to charge $5 for people to walk? That will leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth.
Now, where it's alright to pay is if there's value added, e.g. shuttles from parking when roadside lots are full. Cost recovery, road safety, etc.
Side note - the parking fine of $250 is egregious, especially since there's no indication on signs as to what the fine is.
Sent from the driver's seat of my car while in motion.
Nobody likes fees but I think we're certainly heading in that direction. Not only this article got me to thinking about this but also the horse trails around where I live. A lot of the snowmobile trails we ride in the winter double as horse trails in the summer. We snowmobilers pay to ride these trails through DMV registrations as well as insurance. Horse riders do not have to pay anything for these trails.
Our monies go into maintaining the trails as well as a blanket insurance policy for the land owners. One could argue that horses due incredibly more damage to the trails than sleds do.
Pay to walk. That's how it can be summarized.....and the idea is ridiculous.
Pay to walk on land that isn't yours......
Somebody has to pay right? But not me! Let’s find trail maintenance by raising taxes on tobacco. Also, let’s double the tolls and parking fees for vehicles with out of state plates and triple for Canadian plates. I don’t have to pay for that either so let’s do it.