How about a recreation tax on gear, .25% +/-. A portion goes to the state the rest into a pool that is available to local government through grant funding. What gear? Bikes to guns, no clothing/footwear. Has the potential to lower hunting and fishing fees also.
Some have suggested an equivalence between hiking and hunting. But I think there is a bit of a difference there as over hunting can decimate a population. The worst over hiking can do is contribute to some localized erosion, you generally don't run the risk of eliminating a species by over hiking. So it makes sense to me that hunting is a bit more regulated (and you need to pay for personnel to enforce those regulations).
Right. I agree with this. Hunting & Fishing have population management concerns that have to be addressed. People get dinged every year for going over limits (and rightly so, I believe).
As mm mentioned, hiking is just walking in the woods on public land. Most times in the year (weekdays, shoulder seasons, winter), the trails are pretty empty.
I have said it before, but the solution is easy: if someone needs to be rescued, and the rescue costs over $x, the person has to pay for the rescue costs. If they want to, they can take out insurance to cover those rescue costs. I think Europe has a similar program that works pretty well, but I'm not familiar with it. Trail maintenance costs can be paid with tax dollars and supplemented by voluntary donations at trailheads.
I truly think something like this will begin to happen.
It probably will, but I'm surprised to see the small government/bureaucracy hating conservatives on the site arguing *for* it, and the good government supporting/single payer healthcare advocating/wealth tax increasing liberals arguing *against* it.
One of the many ways where the urban/suburban/rural divide is skewing policy preferences in weird directions, and reinforcing the "get off my lawn" sensibilities of some of the mountain living folks. See: Z's constant complaining about tourists in the tourist town he moved to.
You guys can't actually think the costs are prohibitive here, right? That suggests an extreme ignorance about the State budget.
https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/26368.html Sporting License Sales Summary
Historical License Sales By Year
The information below shows historical sporting license holders by license year for each license category. Prior to 2014, license years ran from October 1 through September 30. From 2014 to the present, the license year is September 1 through August 31.
I don't mind paying trail fees or donations for mtb, xc skiing or hiking. white clay in Delaware comes to mind, there are envelopes and drop boxes with set fees and receipt tags that you display in your car.
My preference would be a donation basis - i think most people feel good about contributing a few $ to something they enjoy, think AMC and other club sponsorships. Whenever I ride a new network i try to make a donation to the trail tenders organization, the easier the better, drop boxes volunteers, etc. We have a trail network close by that gets a lot of Philly destination riders and part of their volunteer effort is posting up a guy or girl in the parking lot on busy summer weekends hawking RideNox (Nockamixon) T's and pint glasses. Also a great way to educate and solicit volunteers for building, maintenance, rescue etc.
When I rode Wilmington a few years ago I told the guys at the shop that BETA should put some fundraising T's in there!
We've lost a lot of local riding and just recently some premier hiking (Glen Onoko) on PA State Gamelands that I would gladly buy a hunting or other rec license to get access back...