I was talking to one of the sales associates at REI about backpacking in and around Maryland. At some point during the conversation I had mentioned I have a hammock. He told me hammock camping in Maryland is illegal because of the damage it can cause to trees. I presume he means the hammock will some how inadvertently girdle the tree. I use nice wide tree huggers from Jacks R Better so I feel my chances of killing/damaging the tree are fairly slim.
Does anyone know if this an actual law. If it is, I cannot imagine it is regularly enforced.
I kind of suspect he was doing what we call in the Navy, being a "Sea Lawyer" (acting like an authority on a subject, but in reality having no idea.)