Joined: April 2004
||Posted: April 24 2004,11:37 am
There was a time in this country when open land was truly in the public domain and free for people to use and enjoy as they saw fit. With the end of the frontier and increasing population pressure, it became apparent that it was necessary to impose rules and regulations to preserve scarce resources for future generations. That's well and good. We shouldn't allow places of natural beauty to be spoiled by careless or commercial use. On the other hand, it opens the way for over-regulation and the removal of lands from reasonable public use. Geocaching in itself, is a benign activity. It shouldn't be subject to the regulatory whims of lawyers and bureaucrats, IMHO.
Administrators on the other site say they will now be checking to see if owners have obtained 'necessary' permits for geocache placement inside state parks. $25 per cache. How many people can afford such a fee, and how much 'service' does it provide? Those are the questions people should be asking, but they find it easier to believe what they are told.
Unfortunately, many people seem to think that government agencies are their friends, that they are looking out for their interests and that of the environment. Wrong. Bureaucracies are about politics and empire-building. The more they can regulate things, the more important and secure their position becomes. I think it's wise to assume an adversarial relationship, and as you say, let sleeping dogs lie.
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