Matthew Cobb manages to find this stuff, since he does the Twi**erz and I don’t.
The Park Service’s explanation from the Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks Facebook Page:
Have you ever wanted to take a pine cone home from the park? It’s actually against park rules to do so. 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.
Check out this note that we received from a young visitor. It isn’t a pine cone – it’s a Giant Sequoia cone, of course. But we are so glad this young person thought about the park’s preservation messages. Thanks for leaving Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks as you found them. And, thanks for sending this back, buddy! (Photo Credit: Meredith Elgart)