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    Louisiana State Parks: Right to hang

    There was a post earlier from an out of state visitor to one of Louisiana's State Parks where he was told hammocks are banned. I sent the following email out for a clarification and we got positive responses. You may wan to print a copy of the email to show a ranger if you have problems. I would be absolutely certain you use tree huggers for your hammock AND tarp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgbrowning View Post
    Rats. Thought I could get more information about some of the state parks so I went to Bayou Segnette and picked up a bunch of pamphlets and specifically asked about hammocks and was informed that there was a ban on them at all state parks.

    Anybody know if that's true?
    I sent an email off after reading your post to the State Office. I have posted the string below, there are 6 emails. As you can see, there is no official policy on hammocks, only the activity involved in hanging something from a tree. It appears we have a victory here! The final email is a response from the Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks.

    Once again the good nature and stewardship of the hanging crowd will prevail. Let's not abuse this privilege granted to us.


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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Wes Swank [mailto:WSwank@coburns.com]
    Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2012 8:37 PM
    To: Parks
    Subject: Hammock use in LA State Parks

    I am writing because I have conflicting information regarding the use of
    camping hammocks. A properly hung camping hammock uses a "tree hugger"
    (1" or wider polyester strap wrapped around trunk to prevent damage to
    the tree). The tree hugger then connects to a suspension rope that the
    hammock hangs from. When used properly a camping hammock is the perfect
    example of LNT Leave No Trace camping as there is no foot print from a
    tent causing damage to vegetation. I have been told two different things
    by two different parks. Can you please provide what the official stance is
    from the states office.

    Thank you,

    WA Swank

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Sharon Broussard On Behalf Of Parks
    Sent: Monday, December 03, 2012 9:31 AM
    To: Dianne Mouton-Allen
    Subject: FW: Hammock use in LA State Parks

    How would you recommend I process this? We don't have an official policy
    on hammock camping.


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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Dianne Mouton-Allen
    Sent: Monday, December 03, 2012 9:33 AM
    To: Parks
    Cc: Stuart Johnson
    Subject: RE: Hammock use in LA State Parks

    Let's discuss during Section Head tomorrow and come to a preliminary
    agreement for Stuart's approval.


    Dianne Mouton-Allen

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Stuart Johnson
    Sent: Monday, December 03, 2012 9:46 AM
    To: Dianne Mouton-Allen
    Subject: RE: Hammock use in LA State Parks

    I agree we can discuss this at section heads. Our rules read "No person
    shall cut, destroy, or damage timber on any site, except as necessary to
    meet established management criteria, including insect control, public
    safety, and approved park construction." My take on this is that as
    long as the hammock is hung in a manner that does not damage the trees
    then it is ok. I would like others input however in case there is
    something I am missing.

    Stuart Johnson, Ph.D.
    Assistant Secretary
    Louisiana Office of State Parks
    Telephone: (225) 342-8186
    Fax: (225) 342-8107
    Email: sjohnson@crt.la.gov

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Dianne Mouton-Allen
    Sent: Monday, December 03, 2012 9:47 AM
    To: Stuart Johnson
    Subject: RE: Hammock use in LA State Parks

    Ok. Thanks


    Dianne Mouton-Allen



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    Stuart Johnson <sjohnson@crt.la.gov>
    2:23 PM (26 minutes ago)

    to me
    Dear Mr. Swank,
    Thanks for contacting us with your concern about discrepancies in the
    way we address the use of hammocks in state parks.
    Our rules do not address their use but they do read "No person shall
    cut, destroy, or damage timber on any site, except as necessary to meet
    established management criteria, including insect control, public
    safety, and approved park construction." This being the case the use of
    hammocks is not prohibited in the parks but they must not in any way
    damage the natural resources. From the way you describe how you hang
    your hammock it sounds like you are being a good steward of the
    resources and I see no problem with your use of it. I will notify the
    parks about this situation.
    Sincerely,

    Stuart Johnson, Ph.D.
    Assistant Secretary
    Louisiana Office of State Parks
    Telephone: (225) 342-8186
    Fax: (225) 342-8107
    Email: sjohnson@crt.la.gov

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    The case could not have been better started or the inquiry better managed. Well done, sir.

    I have family in LA; might just bring a hammock (and letter) with me next visit.

    Cheers!

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    Whoooo Buddy!
    Well done!
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    A wonderful example of calm, clear, reasonable communication by all involved. Good work.

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    Now that is the way things should work in a civilized society...

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    Well done. Please note - that was tree hugger straps not a couple of sticks under the rope.

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    I really like the way that was handled------good job!
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    Good job Swank! That is a great example of spreading LNT Hammock Camping.

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    This is great information to know, thanks.
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