People pay the fee you set, a record identifying the purchaser is stored, they camp/fish/bird-watch, and money is deposited to your account. As a landowner, you only need to sign up for free – everything else is automatic.
Imagine letting WikiparX pay your property taxes next year! It’s your property and you set the rules, the same as always.
Why Become A WikiPark
- Accountability– An electronic record of all visitors is created automatically and visitors know they’re recorded.
- Control– Stay in control, making all the rules for your property.
- Block Off Time– Block off days/weeks/months you want the place to yourself.
- Set Your Price– You set the price of permits – it’s a free market and you know what your property is worth!
- Property taxes are coming due again– Offset this with easy income. Let your property pay for itself next year.
Concerns About Having A Wikipark
We understand that opening up your property to other people will cause some concerns. With WikiParX you have complete control over your property settings in ways to help eliminate some of these concerns.
- Don’t want shooting on the property?– Just prohibit hunting.
- Don’t want 4-wheelers?– It’s easy to prohibit in your property listing.
- Want the property to be available only on some dates but not others?– Block off days/weeks/months you want the place to yourself.
It’s difficult, as a landowner, to imagine in advance the people who’d pay to visit your property. There are traditional recreationists who’d like to fish and hunt but also thousands of young, high-speed adventurers who want somewhere to sleep out in hammocks and cook breakfast on tiny gas canister stoves. Any property near a rail trail has instant appeal as a tent site.
This won’t work for everyone’s property, but there are still a lot of people traveling the roadways, looking for a place to pull the camper in for the night (particularly seniors). If your property is suitable, these people may account for quite a few visits to your land. And if your property just isn’t suitable for motor camping, it’s easy to prohibit.
These are some of the more obvious categories of recreationist who are also potential visitors. But here’s where it get interesting: There are innovative outdoors people doing interesting new things outside, finding opportunities that others don’t see and always seeking out new places to do what they do. These people include mushroom hunters, amateur astronomers, herpers (reptile and amphibian enthusiasts), fishermen, “daredevils kayakers”, trail runners, cross country skiers, painters, snowshoers, ice fishermen, geo cachers, outdoor writers, photographers and a myriad of niche user groups that come and go as unpredictably as the Pennsylvania weather. And this is exactly what will draw adventurers to WikiparX – no one needs to announce what kind of an outdoorsman they are – they’re free to do what they love when they hold a permit.
Frequently Asked Questions
All visitors (Explorers) sign legal releases indemnifying both the landowner and WikiparX each time they acquire a permit.
You will receive notification via e-mail of any current permit holders (Explorers). Each explorer will have a printed permit similar to a fishing license or will at least have an electronic permit that can be displayed on a phone.
You don’t. The assumption with WikiparX is that the property can be visited “as is,” without official campsites, potable water or bathrooms. Of course, properties can be upgraded at your discretion and obvious hazards such as wells, old mine shafts or gas seeps should be blockaded or marked.
No. There are many potential visitors who will happily arrive by bike, kayak or on foot.
This is why you stay in control of pricing. If you do start to draw too large a crowd, bump up your price a bit until you’ve “thinned the herd.”.
Almost any property can. Don’t underestimate the diversity among today’s outdoors people. People want to hunt mushrooms, run trails, pitch tents, slackline, do astronomy, bird watch, archery hunt, pursue micro fishing, fly fishing and every other kind of fishing.