I know it's a long read but you'll love the ending
well I went for an afternoon of fishing and hanging with my 5yo son at lake leamy in gatineau today , after we fished for a bit, we figured it was time to relax in the hammock , as I was putting the fishing gear away, one of the parc's employees drove along in a mowing tractor and signalled me that I could'nt hang my hammock in the park . I politely told him that I've been hanging at that very spot for the last 5 years or so and never had a problem or someone tell me to remove it!
it was a new rule. So I asked why, and all he could say was that they didn't want to be liable if someone hurts themselves, so no tying anything to the trees
I explained him that we practice LNT and everything but he just told me that if a cop walks by I could be fined
so I told him I would finish packing my stuff and take it down
being a bit pissed I did what I said I would, but before taking the huggers down, I decided to look up the NCC's # on my IPhone and give them a call, the person at the other end of the phone told me that it was a new policy there to protect the trees(blah blah blah) I tried to explain the whole LNT, that we even camped in hammocks , but he said it was the law, tried to talk to his super but he just said it wouldn't change anything, so after "politely" barking at him, I said I wanted to make a complaint to which he just asked if I wanted a nature conversationist to call me, I said yes!!!
so after less than 5 minutes they called me back, I again explained what had happened and the setup used
to my BIG suprise, he said I could hang because we aren't installing anything permanent and not causing any damage to the tree
so I guess the lesson here is, you should hold your ground (no pun intended :tongue up: )
I just had to get it off my chest