"B. Hunt" <>
Sent: 12/11/2001 5:10:21 PM

National, State parks OFF-LIMITS?

Most of us realize that it is against the law
to stash a cache in ANY national park.

Here in New York State, it is also agains
the law to stash a cache in ANY state park.
"Prohibited to leave any personal property...."

It might be advised to check the New Jersey
laws as they affect Hi Point and Stokes Forest.

The topic was explicitly discussed as it pertains
to geocaching at our local Department of
Environment Control and they issued a department
policy reenforcing the general state law.

Note, that Rocky River Cache (a beautiful hike
and experience, by the way) is, under this
provision, an illegal stash. In fact, the trail head
is specifically posted as off-limits ANY trespassing
from December 1 to March 31. Purpose here is to
protect the winter habitat of the bald eagle. The state
purchased the river valley specifically for this purpose.

I appreciate that this subject is extremely disappointing
news for all geocaching and would be delighted to be
corrected. Anyway, all responsible participants would do
well to check on their local laws and regulations.

Please tell me I'm wrong! I'm hopeful that we may be
able to operate 'below the radar' as long as we are a
small operation and respect the environment. So far, I
have not witnessed any ill effects of our activities.