CC, Lizzy and others say it better, but here's my 2 cents. I think the 20.00, or as I like to look at it, the 3.00 per day is only the tip of the iceberg/phallus. The first step in the federal agenda is to condition the public to paying a seemingly nominal fee, like your 20.00 defrayed over a whole year. Not too many people complain,the gov't puts out a propaganda program,as they have, that implies, falsely, that everyone finds it acceptable, and Congress moves to lock it in. Next step, ratchet up the price, eventually declaring that it would be better for us all to privatise the operation, and it is available to the highest bidder, enter the mouse ears.My opinion is that is a sorry nation that thinks access to National Forests should be a pay to use option, and that we need to say NO to the program and get Congress to understand that the preservation of free public lands is a national priority. The USFS budget is appx 3 billion a year, and just 10% goes to recreation, so it is just a matter of priorities . I figured someone would bring up Rumney, is there climbing there? Just kidding, someone stole the iron bandit, that makes my day! You mentioned your offense at the 50.00 fee in Jersey, I am guessing that would be at the Water Gap. As I recall that started out the same way, in the beginning you just had to "register", like you do now to climb in Acadia. First step, condition the public...that is the damage the 20.00 does, it goes along with the agenda.