These pages present regional and hierarchical divisions in land management that we
need to deal with, depending on where we place/hunt caches. The links will take you to other
pages on this site where you can access information about the government agency, as well as see
details on how geocachers are communicating and cooperating with them for the good of the
sport. Email us
regarding new issues or success stories.
Despite the growing number of geocachers in the world, this sport is relatively new. If you say 'geocaching' to government officials, government employees or security personnel, you will likely get the response, 'Geo-What?!'
We want the freedom and creativity to place caches where we want, when we want, how we want. We know we have to place them on 'public' land (unless we get expressed permission from private land owners to place caches on property they own). To be politically correct, we should ask those who are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the public land for permission to places caches within their 'jurisdiction'. If they say 'sure', then we are happy. But what if they say 'No!'? What if they say, 'Ok, but with these restrictions ...'?
Some of us don't want to deal with the possibility of hearing 'No', so we just don't ask. Some of us get turned down and place the cache anyway. Some of us follow the wishes of the agency to the letter. And some of us find another place, time and method for our cache(s).
For this sport to succeed, we need to nurture the communication between those who place/hunt caches and those who manage the land. We can't ignore the issue. If we do nothing, ignorance and misunderstanding will work against us.
Yes - this sport will change. And it will get better or worse, depending on how much attention we give it. Not everyone will participate, but some must. Can we count on you? (konopapw)