[Tagging] How are protected_area (and national_park) boundaries determined?

Mike Thompson miketho16 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 23 23:02:33 UTC 2020


On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 4:48 PM Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
wrote:
>
> when I write „protected area“, this often will have implications like you
may not construct buildings, you may not walk off roads and paths, you may
not pick plants (e.g. flowers) and mushrooms, log trees, hunt, light a
fire, etc., while otherwise in Germany you have generally the right to walk
on any „unused“ land in the open landscape (regardless of ownership), and
often the owners may not even fence their property (like woods) or forbid
entering their property, with the exception of young plantings, so
protected areas tend to have more restrictions for the visitors than the
rest of the country. In Scandinavian countries you even have the right to
go fishing or set up a fire or tent on someone else’s property, within
certain limits: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_roam
Generally in a US National Forest (where the US Federal Government owns the
land) you are free to travel anywhere on foot.  You can camp (for a limited
time) anywhere as long as it is a certain distance away from waterways and
established roads. Although vehicles are legally required to stay on
designated numbered roads, this is often not enforced.  Hunting and fishing
are allowed as long as long as one has a license from the state, just like
almost anywhere else in the state (some states may allow landowners to hunt
on their own land without a license).  Camp fires are allowed unless there
is a ban due to dry conditions. You can cut and remove firewood with a
permit and after paying a small fee.  You can log trees if you have
purchased the rights to a particular stand of timber from the Federal
Government.  There are exceptions to all of the above, particularly in
areas that have become very popular with the public.

Mike
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