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And please, stop saying 'you'. I have nothing to do with enforcing this, nor do I want to. It is an internal conflict we me that these people are even doing this, and in trying to find a way to transfer out of this district as soon as possible.

The day I start busting homeless people, will be the day my soul has been completely and totally lost.
 
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Also, please let me restate, again, that I currently live in my van on public land. So I am also affected by this.
 
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Ok folks, I am here to update this thread with some even worse news. This is becoming worse than I expected...and I think all of you should read this.

So THIS just happened:

Camping/campfire ban expanded in Flagstaff, AZ

This article is about a camping ban around Flagstaff, AZ. You can no longer camp anywhere near town. This is supposedly to prevent abandoned campfires from starting wildfires and them threatening town. Since fucking when did a ban stop people from having illegal fires?

This is going to give police and the USFS free reign to start going into the forest and citing/doing warrant checks on houseless people who have nowhere else to go BUT camp in the forest. Some people say I'm paranoid but hang in I'm not done...

Our district has developed an app, that every field employee uses, to log vehicle liscense plates along with GPS coordinates and photos associated with campsites, in order to log and enforce 14 day stay limit laws.

This was in a trial period for the past few months, and the LEO has already ticketed, ran off, or arrested many people who were over staying their welcome.

Ok, ya, why is this so bad, you ask? People are fuckkng up, right?

Wrong.

The division that runs this app just had a meeting with the other districts in the forest in order to present this app and get funding to make this app forest wide.

Then something incredibly scary happened. Out forest is talking about presenting this to the region, who in turn may present it to our Washington Office.

People REALLY like this app. And they feel it may be a way to enforce the 14 day stay limit COUNTRY-WIDE. Moving a mile, or 3 would no longer be an option.

You stay 10 days in the Willamette, you get logged. You go to the Deschutes, stay 3 days, get logged (by any forest service employee, not just LEOs. Everyone has this app)

Then you stay 5 days in the Shasta-Trinity. All of a sudden you have a Federal LEO rolling up on you, asking if you have a permanent address, if they can search your vehicle, and checking for warrants. Then you get a Mandatory Appearence ticket which can get you banned from public land for an indefinite amount of time. Where the fuck can you legally go now?

Look, my point is, this is fucking dangerous. The people I work with are super stoked on it, and SEVERELY dislike homeless people. To the point they are the butt end of many sick jokes.

I need to get this out there.
 

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interesting stuff, love the camping wiki. I spent about a month in flag area this summer, camped all over, had no problems. I did see an area near williams where people never seemed to move. I kinda wondered about that, but i also kinda figured people in williams wanted the tourist money, and scaring off travelers is not a good way to do that.
I just picked up a older hitchhiker this weekend and camped with him on blm land near quartsite.

I wonder how they could possibly enforce this. how can they know if i am just traveling for a period or am really homeless. and how do you define homeless since that label might apply to me, but also i work and have access to financial resources, i don't really feel homeless.

I will say that i got a very bad vibe from park rangers near prescott, and just didn't go back
Also a park camp host (where i paid $10 to stay) was kinda acting weird, and i was pulled over by cops in maricopa shortly after leaving. I wont be going back that direction.

I generally never stay anywhere more than a couple days at most, and mostly prefer either totally abandoned areas (where no one would even see me there in the first place), or spots where there are lots of campers and rvs so i kinda blend in to the crowd.

thanks for the info would be very interested in any updates.
 
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Any idea what the supreme court ruling against homeless penalties has to do with this?



I've been camping all year round - mostly in CA state parks for the past 8 years or so. I just recently had to pay my second illegal camping ticket in 5 years.. it cost like $300. Right before the supreme court ruling


I'm worried about getting perma banned from CA state parks.. but right now I'm about to move onto CA national forest land while attending college

When I went to scope out my spot, I saw some folks with a big ass house tent.. right near the trail entrance but across a river.

Is it realistic to live full time on national forest land without a vehicle? There's essentially no license plate to scan? There's also no cell signal.. how are they pulling GPS coordinates out of their asses?
 

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Ok, just to clarify some things, as I did kinda make it seem 'end of the world-ish'

Of course you will still be able to get around this, and it is still in its infancy, so it will be a while before this becomes a thing nationwide.

But think about it. More people are living outdoors, and in vehicles, due to capitalism fucking them financially.

This fight is a fight for humans to have a universal right to exist, house or not. Camping in municipalities is already illegal almost everywhere. That recent supreme court ruling was actually a blow to law enforcement, and a win for houseless people. It surprised the hell out of me.

What this app does, is it allows LEO's to collect liscense plates, vehicle descriptions, names, DOB's, addresses, pictures of you and your camp/vehicle ect. From contacts they make in the forest. Regular employees can use it to, just by observing how long you are staying at a campsite, or in a forest in general.

They can search by plate number, name, ect, and make comments to that they saw you at 'X' GPS coordinates, on 'X' date, and take a picture. It will tell them other employees spotting you and on what dates, and the nature of the contact. Its almost exactly the same as police running your name and getting back your arrest record....except for this you dont have to have done anything wrong. Hence my concerns with the legality of this.

YES you can still get around it, pretty easily, but what I am saying, is that this sets a precedent, and if we as citizens allow it to continue, this is some big brother bullshit on lands that taxpayers pay to access and camp.

Another scary thing about the forest I work on in general, is that we are the first to be doing this, and the people who devoped this's boner is fucking raging at the thought of running houseless people off of the forest, and public lands in general.

Now to answer your questions @Highway One :

Yes it is possible to live on public land full time, just be smart about it. There are many threads on StP about it in the 'where to sleep' forum, and in other areas. I made a thread:

Public lands and YOU! Why you should give a shit. | Squat the Planet - https://squattheplanet.com/threads/public-lands-and-you-why-you-should-give-a-shit.31224/

That talks about public land if you want to read it.

Basically you should move your camp every 2 weeks or so to a different area to avoid being harassed.

And as far as no cell signal, FS employees dont need cell signal to use thos app or GPS.
 
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Ok so last night was my first night ever getting caught in a national park by park rangers, I'll share how it went. So we roll up to this place which id never been at before, at the entrance theres a toll area which also never seen before at parks, but seeing as it was kinda late in the afternoon there was no one there and there was no boom gates so we drove on through.. we drive around this place, its nice and stop at some beach area hang around for a bit planned to camp there but then noticed a sign that said "penalties apply" for camping out there, I had just gotten paid and thought ya know what I don't wanna lose my cash to this so lets find a more secluded spot.. we drive off and do.. or so we thought, it didn't have any sign so thats kinda like, you can act like you didn't know if you were to get caught ya know, anyway firstly we see like six wombats walking around, cute, and some one else off in the distance doing what obviously seemed to be rubber tramping outta his van.. so we park our car sorta in the same area but a bit away from him. We jump in the back of the car on the mattress ready to do the thang thang, me an my gf.. then some head lights roll up and theres a nock at the window.

We get out, two park rangers theres one woman one man, tell us we ain't allowed to be there, they take down the car registration and give us a ticket.. not a fine, well not a big one like the police do they gave us some ticket for a "camping spot" that we had to go to, and also the ticket said we had to pay $30 dollars for it, now thats not much seeing as I expected at least a $100 dollar fine or something.. but the thing is they took the car rego so if we didn't pay that $30 dollars in the morning when the area opened up to pay then the address were the car registration is linked to would get a fine, maybe a bigger one.. make sense? so we went to this "camp spot" ... it was like all these people cramped into a small area while the park is massive... there was also a little police station type building right next to the camp area.. wack.. it was all so monitored and regulated, an they had there whole souvenir shop and cafe right there too... and tour guide info up on the walls... this is some peoples idea of camping? it was like just a money making thing for the most part it seemed. paid ticket an Left in the morning. picture of beach area with sun.

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Ok, just to clarify some things, as I did kinda make it seem 'end of the world-ish'

Of course you will still be able to get around this, and it is still in its infancy, so it will be a while before this becomes a thing nationwide.

But think about it. More people are living outdoors, and in vehicles, due to capitalism fucking them financially.

Thia fight is a fight for humans to have a universal right to exist, house or not. Camping in municipalities is already illegal almost everywhere. That recent supreme court ruling was actually a blow to law enforcement, and a win for houseless people. It surprised the hell out of me.

What this app does, is it allows LEO's to collect liscense plates, vehicle descriptions, names, DOB's, addresses, pictures of you and your camp/vehicle ect. From contacts they make in the forest. Regular employees can use it to, just by observing how long you are staying at a campsite, or in a forest in general.

They can search by plate number, name, ect, and make comments to that they saw you at 'X' GPS coordinates, on 'X' date, and take a picture. It will tell them other employees spotting you and on what dates, and the nature of the contact. Its almost exactly the same as police running your name and getting back your arrest record....except for this you dont have to have done anything wrong. Hence my concerns with the legality of this.

YES you can still get around it, pretty easily, but what I am saying, is that this sets a precedent, and if we as citizens allow it to continue, this is some big brother bullshit on lands that taxpayers pay to access and camp.

Another scary thing about the forest I work on in general, is that we are the first to be doing this, and the people who devoped this's boner is fucking raging at the thought of running houseless people off of the forest, and public lands in general.

Now to answer your questions @Highway One :

Yes it is possible to live on public land full time, just be smart about it. There are many threads on StP about it in the 'where to sleep' forum, and in other areas. I made a thread:

Public lands and YOU! Why you should give a shit. | Squat the Planet - https://squattheplanet.com/threads/public-lands-and-you-why-you-should-give-a-shit.31224/

That talks about public land if you want to read it.

Basically you should move your camp every 2 weeks or so to a different area to avoid being harassed.

And as far as no cell signal, FS employees dont need cell signal to use thos app or GPS.
Holy shit that is terrible, but good to know.. I'll start spreading the word. Keep us updated.
 

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Thanks for the heads up @Coywolf. Its good to know someones looking out for homeless rights. It seems pretty bleak when I'm urban camping, cuz there's basically nowhere thats legal to sleep.
It seems like rights are lost little by little and go unnoticed over time, so i get why you'd bring this to our attention.
 

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How can homelessness be lawfully criminalized if they cant provide each and every person with a place to live long-term?
Youre just begging for loopholes to try to enforce this kind of thing.
Its so laughable..
anyway.. if the law wants to inconvenience people in such an important matter, its just for show, considering how they cant even agree on what an acre actually is, much less what trespassing is.

If you ask me, the real difference is:
Did they destroy something someone else needed/built AND keeps maintained current to the time of the trespass?
Was someone actually hurt due to the trespassing?
Was something actually stolen due to the trespassing?
Then it would be criminal trespassing.

If someone just wants to complain about something or just doesnt like being bothered so want to make a big fuss about it and intimidate another person, to me, thats a karen wanting to call it a civil trespass. Unless its a *legitemately important* facility or dangerous to be there, this is one of those things that will always remain a gray area and the most charismatic and crafty lawyer will probably win the case.
[ive literally had an entire police force called on me for stepping a few feet on someones property in my neighborhood to pet a CAT. Theyre just trying to intimidate people. They cant actually put me in jail for petting a cat unless they are TRYING to make the law untrustworthy.]

If youre homeless, you should at least have access to public lands.
If they try to force you off, theyre really just being assholes.
Im about to be forced homeless. Is someone going to give me land to sit on of my own to avoid this situation? Theyre more likely to give me the run-around until I conform to their ways.
Im not hurting anyone by being homeless. Honestly, the people trying to tell me Im not worth a safe and stable home environment are in the wrong here.

OH.. and.. how about the topic of how the land, wildlife, and property on it is treated in general..
If they abuse the land theyre on, if I sit on it and make it better, I AM NOT LISTENING TO ANYONE THAT WANTS TO FILE A COMPLAINT.
I am not going to sit by and let people destroy the land AND try to push me off of it. If the land needs healing, and I can help, then Im not going anywhere.
Screw the law, I have green hair. [sorry for that old, terrible meme, it just popped into my head and Im laughing because its kind of appropriate.]

I will acknowledge public housing is SUPPOSED to be a solution, but when I looked into it, people get mistreated there, AND kicked out anyway.. so whats a human being to do when they arent allowed to live anywhere without threat of being kicked out?

Home is a concept anyway.
Everything is liable to change, can fall apart. Doesnt mean it always will, but because it can, nothing is completely reliable or secure.

Pick up a piece of dried mud. Take it with you everywhere. Theres your home. Theres your piece of land.
But then again, the more you handle it, the more its going to crumble in your hands. Some of the sand will brush off. Its always changing, whether on the ground or in your hands. It might not even be noticable.
When home is a concept and the land changes of its own accord, trying to hold people to laws over it is insulting.

If they really want to make a big to-do about this, they better be willing to not just PROPERLY enforce birth control to everyone, but also to be 100% accurate at making sure any people that become parents are 100% GOOD parents.
but see how people are going to respond to that.
Its a catch 22, and it more likely always will be.

[also, they stole America from people who actually loved and sustained the land.. so yeah.. its hypocritical of them to try to act high and mighty about this and say theyre maintaining ethical principles.]
 
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