I just got this email, and I am thrilled Virginia is not only making it a policy, but is activly looking for input in the matter because of the email I sent. I agreed that everything they outlined was agreeable, with exception of the strap width issue as most commercially available tree straps are 1" (and in the case of ENOs Pro Straps, .75") and not 1.5 . I'll report back later on the final ruling.
I am responding to your question about hammock camping on our Virginia State Parks. We were somewhat aware of the issue but had never created a uniform policy interpretation for this. As a result of your question, our campground management group has recommended the following interpretation:
“Virginia State Park’s do allow the use of hammocks, though it varies from park to park due to campsite logistics (i.e. trees not near enough or large enough, etc.). We do require the use of 1.5" wide minimum nylon attachment straps , set-up only on trees larger than 12” diameter, and that they check first with staff of the park they wish to visit to ensure the customer sets up on a hammock friendly campsite. Hammocks that are free-standing must be set-up within the designated site border.”
I would appreciate your input as to whether or not this seems to be a reasonable approach. We hope to finalize the work and disseminate this information to all parks within a week or so.
Virginia State Parks
Central Administration Manager
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