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This was posted to the UW climbers club mailing list...




Those of you who were on the list last year know that I am a big

opponent of the Fee Demonstration program. In case you haven't seen

my reasons yet, they are here:




I encourage everyone to join us in a protest to be held on June 15

against this program. The Bush Administration, and some in Congress,

are currently pushing for legislation to make these fees PERMANENT,

two years ahead of the already twice extended scheduled deadline

for this "demonstration". The Forest Service consistantly says the

public accepts these fees, while at the same time dismissing any and

all protests (and aggressively ticketing and harassing anyone who

tries to show opposition). This is VERY anti-democratic, and the only

way to stop it is for you to stand up to it. Join us!


P.S. Please spread this flyer to other lists with active outdoors

people and your friends and family. Encourage them all (and you too!) to

write letters to the editor, your Congressional representatives, and

the Office of the President. Please do this today.



Dave Dittrich





Hey Hikers, Fishers, Paddlers, Climbers, and other folks!


Do you love to visit our national forests?

Do you resent paying trail fees just to walk in the woods?


Come join our Rally!

Free the Forests - End Fee Demo!


When: Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 11am

Where: Outside the downtown Seattle REI

Corner of Yale and John


Bring a sign and a friend... Demonstrate against Fee Demo!


"Fee Demo" is a US Forest Service and BLM "demonstration" program to see

if Americans will tolerate paying fees to use our public lands. Since

there are no provisions within the program to register opposition, we're

holding our own demonstration against this pay-to-play ripoff.


Fee-Demo is Un-Democratic because it denies all citizens equal access to

enjoy our public lands.


Fee-Demo is Un-Reasonable because it makes us pay for what we already

own, while timber companies, miners, and grazers get subsidized by



Fee-Demo is Un-American because it violates our nation's long held

tradition of free access to wild lands.



Fee-Demo is opposed by over 240 groups, including: The Access Fund,

American Canoe Association, International Mountain Biking Association,

Sierra Club, Federation of Western Outdoors Clubs, Cascade Mountain

Backpackers, North Cascades Conservation Council, Pilchuk & Ranier

Audubon Societies, Back Country Horsemen of Washington - Inland Empire

Chapter, NW Ecosystem Alliance, and many individuals just like you!


For more information:




Local contact: Marina (206) 527-3578




[ 05-26-2002, 05:22 PM: Message edited by: fleblebleb ]

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