Group: Super Administrators
Joined: Dec. 2001
||Posted: Mar. 15 2002,5:46 pm
The concern is actually the result of some "possibly" irresponsible geocachers who allegedly "buried" some Geocaches within a Washington state national Park.
The March 11, 2002 National Parks Service Morning Report includes this entry.
"02-056 - Lake Roosevelt NRA (WA) - Geocaching Incident
Rangers recently conducted an investigation into geocaching in the park.
Geocaching is a sport in which individuals or organizations cache materials
at particular locations, then provide the GPS coordinates via the Internet
so that other people can attempt to find them. Some times caching entails
digging, which presents obvious problems in national parks. On February
27th, Patrick Hall asked permission to bury a geocache within the park's
historic Fort Spokane Unit. During the conversation, Hall made several
statements which revealed that he'd previously been investigated by the US
Fish and Wildlife Service for this same activity, and that other geocaches
might already be buried within the park. Ranger Jaime Green investigated
and found that two caches had already been buried near Fort Spokane by a
geocache player known as "Fuzzybear." Additional investigation uncovered a
connection between "Fuzzybear" and Hall. Hall was interviewed and admitted
placing both caches. Parks concerned about this activity within their
boundaries may go to http://www.geocaching.com and search for caches
located in their areas. [Chris Rugel, DR, Fort Spokane District, LARO, 3/8]"
Now, this is either as I said, some irresponsible cachers, or some rangers who assumed that hiding, meant burying. IF they truly bury their caches then shame on them! This is not acceptable behavior. However, if the latter is the case then it is sad that they (the rangers) would ban all for the foolishness of a few. I mean they do not ban all park visitors because a one camps in a restricted area do they?.
In either case I think it is becoming more and more critical that geacachers, start taking an active role in convincing their local rangers that this is far from the norm and actually discouraged by the masses.