I fought the law and the law won

Dear Cris,

I received four tickets for storing boats, equipment, shelter on state land. I still think the state APA, EnCon, could come up with a better permit system for tenting on state land.

How about a tent permit system similar to Lyme Timber Co. lease programs? Remember tents are not permanent structures. The permit could be revoked at any time.

Did you know you can't legally cut brush or trim trees for your tent site? This puts your tent 150 feet from water or trail, where there are already sites cleared, where people have tented for years. You can get a ticket for collecting fungus.

The state is pushing more people into forests with new expanded parking lots and trailheads. One example is more new lean-tos around Spruce Lake (they are already overcrowded) and also cutting new trails. Yet the state and APA don't want longer permits for tents etc. that could be revoked at any time; this doesn't make sense.

I think the state APA should hold talks in schools on these issues, not just zoning. Let the public kick them around.

Did you know Lyme Timber Co. has no new lease sites? I couldn't afford them anyway. My last hope is for state and APA to issue longer tent permits so I can camp legally in wilderness. I'm 73 and have nothing better to do than camp and fish, summer and winter. I'm hoping APA personnel will bring this idea to the attention of the governor and reconsider this.

I'm thinking of better use for everyone in the park, especially in the future.

My court appearance date is Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Piseco, at Piseco Community Hall on Old Piseco Road if you want to show support for or against some of these issues. The ranger is going to be there if he can; you don't even have to get out of your car if you don't want to.

I'm just going to take a picture of the parking lot and send it to the governor.

Lewis N. Page Sr.