On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 4:48 PM Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdre...@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.
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