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    THAT IS GREAT NEWS!!! Many many thanks.

    Is there an address that we can send thank-you's to the senator?

    BTW- Is there a short educational pamphlet that we can print off and carry with us? I thought someone had done one, but I can't remember where I saw it.
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    Humm, straps for the tarp you say. And I just got my whoopieslings ridgeline. Guess I could tie it to the hammock webbing straps. I will give it a few days and call them back to follow up or maybe go out there this weekend and talk with them.

    Thanks,

    --louis

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    Thank you Dave! Just e-mailed a thank you to Senator Dockery.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel View Post
    Let the rangers know to contact their Park Manager. The email went out today, so they should be putting plans in place soon.
    Rachel, would you happen to be Senator Dockery's legislative assistance?
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Fine and diligent work!
    Whooooo Buddy for all you Florida folks......
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    Not just for us Florida folks, Shug. Looking forward to seeing more of our sister and brother members hanging in Florida.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Might be useful if a copy of the new rules could be posted so Florida hangers would know exactly what the rules state on what is and isn't acceptable.
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    Like i needed another reason to go to florida!! Awesome

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    From the Senator's office:

    The Division of Recreation and Parks has initiated a Hammock Camping Pilot program to test the suitability of hammock camping in Florida State Parks. The Division intends to allow hammocks to be affixed to appropriate trees, in approved park areas, for both overnight and day use, for a period of one year. After one year, the pilot program will be evaluated based on an assessment of resource impact and user feedback. The pilot program will extend to all staffed parks. While many have pointed out the potential conflict between hammocks affixed to trees and F.A.C. Rule 62D-2, the purpose of the rule is to prevent negative impacts on natural resources.

    To prevent negative resource impact, park managers will be responsible for identifying and designating which trees may be used for attaching hammocks, ensuring only suitable trees are used. In general, trees should be hardwood or pine, a minimum of 6” diameter at breast height, and be spaced approximately 10’ to 15’ apart. Trees which would constitute infringement upon an adjacent campsite or infringe upon other day use activities will not be selected. Executed responsibly, hammock camping has the potential to be more environmentally friendly than tent camping due to much less disturbance of the ground.

    Hammocks will be required to use webbing straps a minimum of 1” wide (often referred to as “tree huggers”) to attach hammocks to trees. Ropes, cords, nails, bolts, etc., which may damage tree bark are prohibited. Many hammock campers prefer to tie a rope or cord above their hammock creating a ridgeline for a tarp to abate rain, wind and insects. These ridgelines are required to be attached to webbing straps, not the trees.

    Hammock camping will be permitted only in designated camping areas. Parks without camping areas will not offer overnight hammock camping. Hammocks will be permitted in the day use areas of all staffed parks. In designated camping areas and day use areas, park managers will identify and designate the exact location(s) approved for hammocks. Selection of all approved hammock use areas will take into account the need to prevent negative resource impact and negative impact on the recreational experience of other park visitors.

    The Division will not accept responsibility for injuries suffered as a result of hammock use, or any damage to personal property which may occur as a result of equipment failure or user error. In order to avoid liability, Division staff is prohibited from assisting hammock campers in setting up their hammocks or determining how high a hammock should be from the ground.

    For the duration of the pilot program, hammock camping user groups will be advised to contact Mr. Philip Madden in the Division’s Bureau of Operation Services. He may be reached at 850 245-3076 or by email at Philip.J.Madden@dep.state.fl.us. Mr. Madden will serve as liaison between the users and park management of any park receiving hammock camping requests.

    The key to determining the success of the pilot program will be soliciting and receiving feedback from primary stakeholders. Two online surveys will be created using Surveygizmo. One survey will be used for user feedback, and the other for park staff feedback. Results of both surveys will be presented to the Division of Recreation and Parks Management Team, at which time it may be decided whether or not to continue to allow hammocks to be affixed to trees.
    This is our time to shine. Be patient with them as they start to implement this and try to be a part of the solution...

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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Rachel, would you happen to be Senator Dockery's legislative assistance?
    Nope... although the person I've been talking to is named Rachel but she isn't the same one (I was confused too until I asked her)
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