>Some well hidden caches have been picked up and thrown >away by rangers.
Cudos to them! Hip Hip hooray!!!!
>These caches were not found by >accident or observing trail damage but instead by >rangers browsing the various geocaching sites looking >for caches near them.
Perhaps if the person placing the cache had gotten permission form the Park Ranger/Land manager BEFORE placing the cache , and asked the land manager where THEY thought it should be placed to protect the parks resources and provide an enjoyable visit...this would not need to happened? The stark truth is that Geocaching _does_ increase land use and foot/bike traffic to the area, which could or could not be an issue for the Park, it's best to ask permission first that to find yourself facing stiff fines and possible incarceration for playing our little "game". At the minimum it could be considers littering or dumping and depending upon where it is placed, it could be a criminal trespass!