peter lansley <>
Re: Parks dilemma...
"Ronald D. Batie" <>
Wed, 6 Nov 1996 15:13:06 -0800 (PST)
it certainly does make it difficult for overseas visitors or anyone to
appreciate natural resources if you are continually "nickel and dimed"
(we could only wish) to appreciated them. I'm pretty much a socialist
when it comes to public lands (if I can phrase it that way). Okay, I'll
pay the five bucks to drive through Yosemite to get across the Sierra, but
I'm largely for free access (sorta anti-commercial/anti-American, but...).
But I am loosing my point,for an out of area user you are not aware of
what is and what is not local custom. The best example I can use is that
in the States it is okay (other than National Parks, this applies with few
exceptions) to camp anywhere on public lands for free. This applies to
much of the land in the western states and I doubt if most Americans know
this, let alone anyone from abroad. Sorry to drag on, but I feel it is a
rip-off and shows no respect for visitors if you point them to a
designated fee campground and charge them ten buck to put up a tent (when
they can just as well put it up well within a stones throw and spend the
ten bucks on beer).
Maybe my purpose was to pass along a bit of info. I have to say I got a
bit tired of the commercialization I found throughout Queensland, albeit
not bird related.
But, I won't assail the Australians as those of you who have answered my
questionnaire will saved me.
p.s. I can vouch for the goshawks, but I am curious: has Alfred
Hitchcock been spotted in Australia???
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