-As Dan mentioned, we have really never had much trouble with the MTNF (Mark Twain Nat. Forest. Nancy asked me some time ago to refer all geocaches to the Forest service for permission before posting but in the years I have been doing that they have only reject one or two locations. The rejected spots were in known sensitive areas that they wanted to keep people away from and the suggested nearby alternative spots were actually better.
So NO permits required, just permission. Several caches have obtained permission from the local ranger rather than notifying Nancy and that seems to be OK too.
All of Dan's suggestions are great and I am sure that they appreciate the feedback. I am not sure that anyone else takes the extra steps that Dan does but it would be nice.
Caches in WILDERNESS area are allowed thanks to successful negotiations with the forest service by Myotis. It should be noted tho that while allowed, it is NOT easy to place a cache in a wilderness area. There are only 2 caches that are placed in wilderness areas with permission that I know of. It took Jeepers months to get the Pioneer Cache approved after being archived by the forest service. Working Nancy is the key to getting a project like that past the red tape.
As dan said, caching in the MTNF is allowed now as it always has been so please lets keep them happy. :-)
Glenn Dan Henke wrote:
Not sure why the link was never completed but the policy that MTNF has here is basically as follows:Cache should not be placed in sensitive areas:Wildermess. Archaeological sites Caves Dangersous areasJust about anywhere else is fair game No permit required though I have always sent a note to Nancy Feakesoutlining the following: Where the cache is located How it is hidden What type of container A link to the cache page Reassurance that it is NOT hidden in any of the above and is not buried destructive to Forest Service property or dangerous without a lot of warningsI also include in my description any restrictions such as ATV use oroff road vehicle useI also provide them with feedback everytime I go to check on them as to:Trail usability whether any sections need maintenance how are the roads going in is there any trash being dumped any illegal activity and any thing else I can think of to keep the relationship good with themNancy Feakes is a great person to work with and very understandingfor a govt. employee :)She would be the one to contact about the webpage but remembercaching IS Allowed with very very few restrictions so don't make them madDan
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