Originally Posted by Doctari
Those who can, DO!
Those who can't, Teach.
Those who are clueless, make the rules.
The further you get from knowing ANYTHING about the subject, the more likely you are to have the power to enforce your rules. And the harder it is to challenge your "Rules".
Sadly, it's a fact of life. Case in point: I drive an ambulance that is REQUIRED by law to carry a 5 Lb sledge hammer & a crow bar "For use in vehicle extrication". Ive been doing EMS just shy of 30 years & have NEVER even seen their use demonstrated. For vehicle extraction we just use the "Jaws of life" (a copyrighted name BTW) or similar product. I can open a car in about 30 - 60 seconds once set up. Yet, the (Indiana) law requiring the hammer & pry bar is still in affect,
& will be in the foreseeable future. The law makers haven't had to get into a damaged car for rescue in over 30 years, IF they ever did (Which I doubt), yet,,,,,,,
<Sidebar> - The sledge and crowbar are worthless right up to the point that the Jaws spring a leak and become unusable. Then that sledge and crowbar are all you've got. Take it from a firefighter that has had the hydraulics go to pot when you need it. (But them, the engine should have the tools not the ambulance - <end sidebar> I digress.
<Back on topic>
As for the hammocking in parks, I would want to get a lot more information before I started showing anyone anything. (My salesman mentality coming to the surface here.) Someone needs to sit down with the authorities and find out why the rule is the way it is, where the rule comes from, and what EXACTLY they are interpreting the rules as meaning.
Once these have been determined you can look at where they are making the decision that a hammock is not a "Camping Unit". Are they concerned about people sleeping naked in a rope hammock where you can see everything? Is there a concern about damaging the trees they are hung from? Or could it be that a previous director got into an argument with a stuck up hammocker about using hammocks and so he 'banned' them all together. (No I am not saying any of us are stuck up, just the guy in the argument.)
If they are worried about seeing too much skin, we can show that the hammock is enclosed. If the concern is damaged trees, we can demonstrate the use of webbing and how it doesn't hurt the tree. If the ruling comes from a previous administration, a simple discussion about how hammocking is becoming more mainstream and a general talk about LNT, not damaging trees and the like will serve the purpose.
To quote a famous military hero - "Knowing is half the battle!"
The more you can learn about why they rule the way they do, the better prepared you will be to change the way they think and why they feel the way they do.
Good Luck and rooting for you!