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Posted: May 16 2004,7:18 am QUOTE

A few of my fellow GEOCKY members wanted to know if NAvi has any links or posts listing federal, state and local land managers' geocaching guidelines.  I noticed that Navi does not seem to have either a link to an off-site listing or any sort of on-site listing of the same.  I feel that such a listing woulkd be very helpful in preventing the "I Didn't know" syndrome when newbie cacherrs get in trouble for placing a cache were they shouldn't.   geocachingpolicy.com
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    Posted: May 16 2004,12:08 pm QUOTE

Currently we do not have links to any specific locales 'geocaching' guidelines or regulations. We do however have adequate mention throughout the site (including the FAQ page) regarding responsible geocaching and being sure to check with park and land managers regarding and restrictions. There have been several threads on this very subject right here in the forums.

While there is plenty of information there to help the new geocacher get started, it is not to say we do not plan on adding more. In fact I have been spending quite a bit of time this past week or two tracking all of the 'Official' website pages containing different federal/state/city/county geocaching policies. Once these have been collected and cataloged, I will be adding them to a links page. Seems there are many out there that use the term 'Official' that really are not, so when creating these links, only official policy pages from government agencies will be used.

Keep in mind that we are not here to 'police' the geocaching community. It is a world-wide sport that exists in every state and almost every country, each with their own policies.  While we will provide information regarding basic geocaching etiquette and common sense rules along with links to local government geocaching policy, it remains the ultimate responsibility of the individual geocacher to be sure their cache is placed within these guidelines.


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    Posted: May 16 2004,8:02 pm QUOTE

oh, ia am in no way advocating 'policing' geocaching... I just think it would be a good idea to have these kinds of links OR postings so that no one can claim 'well I didn't know'
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    Posted: June 10 2004,12:38 pm QUOTE

Quote (Virgo91967 @ May 16 2004,10:02 pm)
oh, ia am in no way advocating 'policing' geocaching... I just think it would be a good idea to have these kinds of links OR postings so that no one can claim 'well I didn't know'

There is no definitive compilation covering all of the different geocaching guidelines. Does your state have a geocaching organization? Many states do and they are working very hard to negotiate and document local guidelines. I know this is one of the biggest things that the Michigan Geocaching organization has been working on.

There are so many different organizations and levels of goverment to work through. Among others you have national forest, state forest, nature preserves, city parks, township parks, county parks, and state parks. Every different one of these could potentially have different guidelines.

The guidelines here at Navicache have to tell geocachers that its their responsibility to make sure there caches meet local guidelines. I've just started looking at documenting local and state guidelines for Michigan and it is going to be a monstrous task to compile that will be difficult to keep current.
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