Electric Forest music festival located in Rothbury, Michigan, is known for its beautiful scenery, dense forest, and large attendance. One way that many concertgoers enjoy the scenery is to set up a plethora of hammocks hanging from trees. This allows people to rest and also stay off of the ground where people are walking. Although these hammocks are convenient for the attendees, they are causing problems for the health of the trees in the forest. On electricforestfestival.com, they write:
…our arborists have informed us that the weight of hammocks on the same trees year after year could become a concern.
The festival administration is complaining about the hammocks making walking through the forest difficult. In order to combat these issues, Electric Forest is making designated “hammock zones” for people to set their hammocks up. These hammock zones are on a first-come first-serve basis, so people need to make sure that they arrive relatively early in order to gain a space. Also, hammock stacking is no longer allowed and each hammock will need its own set of trees. More information about the new program can be found on Electric Forest Festival’s website here.
Will this destroy the reputation of hammocks at Electric Forest? Will there no longer be enough room for everyone to hang up their hammocks? Let us know what you think in the comments below!