The point I made to our park system is this..disc gold courses harm
trees more than hammocks. We have had alot of trees killed because of
being hit by disc golf disc. The poor trees look like they have been
through a war zone because of these things. I will post some pics
later to show you what I mean. I have done a study on hammocks and
what they do to our trees and campground in the past. (if I can find
it I will post it). The one thing I have learned is that no one tree
will be use all the time for hammocks. No one tree will have a rope or
strap put in the same place ever time to show any long time wear. No
one tree will be used more that one or two days at the most from a
camper using a hammock. And straps do not show wear like a rope does.
But when a rope is used it does leave a impression but it does not
stay there long.
If a tree is cut and the bark removed somehow then yes the tree might
suffer in the long run from it. in the short of things you can come
and look where on our park where hammock camper have stayed and where
tents have stayed .. you can tell the diference. It will take time for
other to understand. And don't be to hard on other rangers that
enforce the rules. They have others to answere to.
With rangers like myself that know what is harmful and what is not we
are helping the cause along. Example three years ago in the Smokie
Moutain National Forrest they did not alow them there in the regular
campgrounds much less the back countery campsites but after talking
and showing them that it will not do any harm to the trees or
surrounding grounds they now let us use them there. They have said off
the record they would like to see more people use them. Less impack.
Anyway another of my 2 cents worth.
park ranger (aka ziplock)
if you ever have any questions about our parks in Mississippi feel
free to give me a call on my cell 662-404-0041
I am one person amound many trying to help