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Fee program segment on OPB's Oregon Field Guide

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Did anyone catch last night's Oregon Field Guide segment on the NW forest pass and other user fees? I tuned in at the very end and only saw the last five minutes. All I saw were a few people stating their pro/con fee opinions, and basically it was over the issue of double taxation for recreational use of public lands. Nothing was mentioned about how the USFS subsidizes mining, logging and other destructive operations with tax dollars or about how the forest pass program was originally set up, then extended, the concept of a purchase of a pass being regarded as a vote for the program, etc. Just wondering if it even came close ot accurately covering both sides of the issue or if it was mainly public interest fluff.

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I saw it a few months ago and thought it was pretty well balanced. Scott Silver was dead on perfect in his segments. When they first aired the show they followed it up with an online forum and chat. The chat was a total joke, but the forum discussions are still there at: http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/chat/

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