Originally Posted by Randaddy
This is ridiculous. The people paid. They can show or not - whatever they want. I'm in a hotel this morning that I drove 13 hours to get to yesterday. I paid in advance. If I hadn't made it I would not have been refunded and the room would have been held. This is how reservations work when they are pre-paid. What if someone has a flat on a trailer in the middle of nowhere? You people want to penalize them now for not using the resources that they paid for? Shit happens and now the canyon is less busy for a day!
You dont get it on several levels. One hasn't been mentioned: The BLM manages thousands of square miles of land. The cost of the permits in no way comes even close to the costs for managing the BLM's land. You cant compare the costs for a hotel room and a river permit. The river permit is a much more limited resource and doesn't have a direct dollar value like the nightly rate at the hotel room.
The more these permits get used the better the value to the taxpayers. The more (number) of people that get the chance to enjoy these special places the better for many reasons that are hard to put a dollar value on (use your imagination).