By Allie Caren
Just because things are out in nature doesn’t mean they belong to anyone who walks on by.
Pine cones, included.
At Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, it’s against park rules to take pine cones home with you. Why?
“It’s a tough environment here. The animals need their nibbles and the area needs the seeds and vegetation. Also, cones and other plants deteriorate and help to create soil in this rocky environment,” wrote the park.
Unfortunately, one young visitor didn’t know the rule when he or she took a pine cone home with them, and sent back the following apology note, pine cone attached:
To whom it may concern: I took a pine cone out of the forest and I wanted to return it. I hope it will be placed near the General Grant tree because that is where I took it. I am sorry for my decision. Thank you.