Preposterous! Ridiculous! But not exactly laughable. This is a classic example of some slimy, incompetent, low-level local official, making a silly decision and then holding his ground, like he is doing something terribly important. All this over a potential annual charge of $40.00.
Eventually, this will be properly resolved, likely when someone a bit higher in the local chain of command tells this stupid person to back away from his previous ruling. It is, I'm sure, a source of concern to the owner of this tree stand. Another example of freedom being challenged by a so-called Public Servant. When was the last time you received any sort of "Service" from a Public Servant? Most of them think they are special, when the fact of the matter is, from what I've observed over a good many years, that most Public Servants could be readily replaced by simply grabbing someone randomly off the street.
Of course this is just my opinion.