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Post #1  Post subject: White River Refuge new fees
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:21 am 
Bryan Hendricks has a good article in the Arkansas Democrat/Gazette today. Thw White River Refuge is proposing a $25 fee to use the refuge only on hunters and fishermen, consumptive users they call us. There will be no fee to hike, bird watch or sightsee; they are called non-consumptive users . Duck Stamps and excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment paid for the refuge and now they want to charge the paying side of the users even more, while giving the "non-consumptive " users another free ride. There is an address to mail and email link to send comments, but they have to be in by April 30.

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Dale Bumpers White River NWR
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57 CC Camp RD
St Charles, AR 72140

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Post #2  Post subject: Re: White River Refuge new fees
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:38 am 
I don't care much for that. Kinda like having to pay launch fees on lakes.


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Post #3  Post subject: Re: White River Refuge new fees
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:41 pm 
What really got me was that only hunters and fishermen have to pay, They use the same roads, boat launches and camp sites as the hunting and fishing people do, If anyone has to pay to play, everyone should have to pay.

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Post #4  Post subject: Re: White River Refuge new fees
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:48 pm 
I sent an email to offer opposition but I will bet that it is a done deal and the comment period is only a formality they must observe.

I have a problem with this consumptive non consumptive concept. We are all users of the resource whether you eat it or just look at it. The consumptive nonsense is to just make the birdwatchers and others feel superior in their little dream world.


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