Originally Posted by ependydad
Hilarious! My background is PA state parks- if it's down, you're allowed to collect and burn it. It was quite a shock to go to private campgrounds and be expected to buy wood there (or if local enough, sneak it it).
Wish MN State Parks were so tolerant of down and dead wood as they are in PA. Doesnt work that way here. You are not allowed to gather up firewood in State Parks. You are in State Forests but they are managed by the State Parks and I've had workers attempt to shut me down using State Park rules. They are only able to show State Park rules but I am well versed in State Forest rules. National Forests generally are more tolerant of gathering up firewood but Park staff in MN were the ones that tried to dissuade me from gathering and wondered why I didnt just buy wood. I was told by one staff worker that I had better not "fill my truck" or they will shut me down. I let them know that I didnt have a big truck and I was only staying for three nights at the campground! I'm not aware of private campground rules in MN as I dont stay at any. I stay at National Forest campgrounds frequently in Wyoming and they are the absolute best when it comes to gathering up dead and down wood.
When you say background...do you mean you worked for the State Parks...or do you mean you generally camp at State Parks?