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Thread: National Forest Welcomes Geocachers!!

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    National Forest Welcomes Geocachers!!

    At the JAKES event on 9-11-04, a representative of the National Forest Sevice stated that they like geocachers and welcomed new cache placements!

    They loved the eco friendliness of cachers - especially the CITO aspect and realize that cachers are probably some of the most "aware" visitors to the National forests.

    There was only one problem - which they asked us to help make the geocaching community aware of. So - we'll pass along this information to you and you can spread the word. This may be a critical aspect of future geocaching in National Forests.

    The problem area they are concerned about is the damage done to the "protected" caves in their controlled areas. She specifically commented on some geocachers that are entering caves that are protected and need a permit to enter. Some of the caves have rare bats and they are very concerned about disturbing their habitat.

    She could not give us a specific location but said that it is happening in several different locations. We personally remember instances in which a cave was marked "out of bounds" but was still entered by some geocachers and they logged it on the site that they had entered it anyway. Maybe that is what the National Forest Service also saw.

    All we can say, is let's all band together and discourage this practice as it could jeopardize all of our caching in National Forests.

    To repeat ourselves - this was their only problem with geocachers! Otherwise, we're more than welcome!
    "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

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    GREAT NEWS!!! I'm glad to see that this turned out well. No permits or anything?
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    Thanks for this "heads up", Cachecrazies. If you get more specific information about the "out of bounds" areas please let us know. Meanwhile I am making it a point not to enter any caves. We've got too much at stake to alienate the Forest Service.

    It would be good to renew our CITO efforts and also to put it in the logs when we do CITO to keep them aware, whoever may be reading our logs.

    Geezer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer_Veazey
    It would be good to renew our CITO efforts and also to put it in the logs when we do CITO to keep them aware, whoever may be reading our logs.
    Good point. We need to really concentrate on doing CITO and logging it when we're out there on the trails. Let's don't forget that this is one of our top selling points to land owners.
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