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Old 01-14-2020, 10:40 AM   #1
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RVers Boondocking Policy from Escapees

I just got an email from Escapees about this and thought I'd pass along the link for those of you who don't get email from them. This is a good policy for all RVers to follow, to take good care of our public lands and all be able to enjoy them.

https://www.escapees.com/rvers-boondocking-policy/
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:12 AM   #2
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We live in a sparsely populated rural county . Until recently you could camp for free on county forest land . Recently the county has instituted restrictions , rules and fees for dispersed camping on county land . These restrictions are a result of people abusing this privilege

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1) Damaging logging roads
2) Cutting down trees and vegetation
3) Dumping of waste - trash on county land
4) Improper dumping of waste water ( Black and Gray)
5 ) Illegal use of controlled substances
6) Neighboring land owners objecting to loud music and noise from generators created by campers
7) Long term camping in areas designated for short term use
8) Violating burning rules / restrictions

Several of the county board members are proposing banning all camping on county lands except in designated campgrounds / camp sites
They have the support of many county residence who feel their tax dollars should not go to cleaning up the mess left by people who are taking advantage of the county’s generosity.
We live close to the St Croix River nature area and it is amazing how much disregard people have for our public lands
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:22 AM   #3
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When you've worked in the forests for years, and have cleaned up after the jerks, you tend to only remember those places and not all the folks who are responsible.

My memorable hauls are picking up dirty diapers and filling up 3 garbage can sized bags with them, having a logger use his excavator to load a saturated tent sized carpet into the back of my pickup, (the same logger who went on a rant about what the heck are people doing in the woods what with all the undies we find along roads) and 3 pickup loads full of sodden, rotting camping equipment. Yup, some people buy super cheap tents and sleeping bags and then just leave them behind. I suspect that was a mushroom picker camp. My "real" job wasn't even cleaning up but I felt if I was passing by, I could pick it up.

I now wonder what kind of impact "composting" toilets will have on camping areas? A bucket of poop is a bucket of poop whether it is mixed with coconut fibers or not.
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:34 PM   #4
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I now wonder what kind of impact "composting" toilets will have on camping areas? A bucket of poop is a bucket of poop whether it is mixed with coconut fibers or not.
If they dispose of it properly, there shouldn't be any impact. Here is a thorough writeup on disposal of the liquid and solid portions of a composting toilet. But pieces of trash leave pieces of trash, so there will always be issues. I'm sure there are folks who have cracked their black tank and headed down the road because they didn't want to pay $5 to dump at a gas station. I guess the moral of the story is: it's not safe for the kids to make mud pies while camping.

Banning camping on public lands won't stop the type of people who already trash them. They know that enforcement is lax. Ratcheting up enforcement costs money. Some of that could be recouped in fines, but the same can be said for enforcing existing rules.

Anyway, this policy is similar to the rules you'll often find posted at trailheads or park entrances. My point being everyone is aware of the "camping best practices." Those who don't comply choose to ruin a shared resource for everyone, and they do so out of malice or selfishness--never ignorance of the rules. This type of person isn't interested in having you explain etiquette to them, so save your breath for a call to LE, park rangers, camp supervisor, etc.
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I'm sure there are folks who have cracked their black tank and headed down the road because they didn't want to pay $5 to dump at a gas station. I guess the moral of the story is: it's not safe for the kids to make mud pies while camping.

I agree, but I will do that with my gray tank under some circumstances, never the black. Also there are some parks than even direct you to dump gray in places that will benefit the vegetation. That's why I hated the combined black/gray tank on the Parkliner and one of the main reasons I didn't keep it for long.

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