Dead wood provides nutrients to the soil and shelter for the creatures that inhabit the parks.
This reminds me of David Benjamin Hall and Glenn Tuck Taylor who destroyed a 20 million year old rock formation in Utah’s Goblin Valley and boasted about their criminal vandalism in a YouTube video.Probably what people leaving graffiti on rocks in parks say, too: "It's just a rock! My goodness."
It does not matter that it's "just dead wood". What matters , legally, is that it is legally protected dead wood.
Those rules are pretty much what I've seen as standard throughout the country - whether, national, state or county parks.It does not matter that it's "just dead wood". What matters , legally, is that it is legally protected dead wood.
Note in particular what is stated about "Collecting" and "Firewood". Don't go out of your way to violate federal and state laws.