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Thread: Status of STATE PARKS geocache placement's?

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    I was snowshoeing Peaks-Kenny State Park this weekend and noticed that there is no Geocaches hidden in the park. I remember a thread ( not able to find it to update my memory) talking about getting permission to place Caches in State Parks. I know several people were looking to talk to the State folks about getting a set policy, has this happened and if so what is it? if not is it a matter of talking to each park Ranger or manager on a park by park basis? and can anyone who has Caches hidden in State Parks give any advice on what the Rangers/managers of the parks they are in had issues with. I have noticed most are very easy finds in areas that while not on the main path's/trails they are where very little damage can be done to the local fauna. i.e. huge white containers that stand out, ammo cans just sitting out in the open on tree limb's and such. I camp at Peaks-Kenny a couple of times each year and would like to place a cache or two in the park if it will be allowed, however if anyone is in the middle of setting up a state policy I would like to wait and see the policy the State comes up with first.

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    As far as I know, no one is openly having discussions on this matter. I think it is an issue which will need to be addressed at some point in time, hopefully before it hurts the way the game is played here. If you can get your foot in the door or any feedback talking to a ranger or two, that would be great in my opinion. I have one lead I need to check out as well.

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    thanks I will in the spring when they are present up there. I know mt. blue has several and rangley has at least one and so does Lily bay. I just did not want to muddy up any waters if talks were already on going is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfacewarrior View Post
    I was snowshoeing Peaks-Kenny State Park this weekend and noticed that there is no Geocaches hidden in the park. I remember a thread ( not able to find it to update my memory) talking about getting permission to place Caches in State Parks. I know several people were looking to talk to the State folks about getting a set policy, has this happened and if so what is it? if not is it a matter of talking to each park Ranger or manager on a park by park basis? and can anyone who has Caches hidden in State Parks give any advice on what the Rangers/managers of the parks they are in had issues with. I have noticed most are very easy finds in areas that while not on the main path's/trails they are where very little damage can be done to the local fauna. i.e. huge white containers that stand out, ammo cans just sitting out in the open on tree limb's and such. I camp at Peaks-Kenny a couple of times each year and would like to place a cache or two in the park if it will be allowed, however if anyone is in the middle of setting up a state policy I would like to wait and see the policy the State comes up with first.
    I know I'm not in the loop up in Maine but sure wish that members of GCMaine would try to take the reigns and do something pro active in working with the state parks and try to get something going with them. There are many states who have started things to encourage caching within their parks and I think that Maine cachers should also be willing to try and do something as well.
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    haffy, I am from GA and whenplanning to go visit relitives I looked at the state park closest to my home andsaw 18 caches hidden around the park. a full day's worth. wish we were like that up here.

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    I think part of the issue is a percentage of the people would like to keep geocaching low-key and stay under the radar like letterboxing is. Deep down I would prefer it, but geocaching has been mainstreamed so much that is not really a viable option now. I would like to see something done, I think it would improve the quality of caches even if the quantity remained the same.
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    I still feel like a newby, even with over 150 finds. I happen to be one of those folks who want to do things the correct way so I have spent the past year and a half learning the different ways that hides are done and also do not want to over populate areas with to many non-quality caches. This year I do plan to hide several in areas that I see a need for. that is the biggest reason for bringing up the state park issue because we like to camp in them around the state along with a few trips up into the North woods each year and I would like to bring more attention to these areas.

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    JustPJ66 and I like seeing quality caches being published. We by-pass many GRCs because they're just placed somewhere that there's a guardrail with no other significant reason for the cache. We've done some of those but we'd much rather go somewhere that there's more than just a film cannister in a guardrail.

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    The GRC's or micro's I like the best are the one's that tend to help find the parking area another geocache further along a hiking trail. yes they give you an extra find but the best thing is it show's you where the trail head is. a couple of the trail systems in Belgrade have these. they actually seem to have more of a porpose than to like you said have you stop at each guard rail along a streach of road.
    I might as well tell anyone who is working on their delorme challenge do it quick, My two part challenge to myself is (1) either find or hide a geocache on every page in the Gazetteer I was told by the cacheowner that this has never been done WHAT I CAN BE THE FIRST- THAT'S A SUPER CHALLENGE. And (2) to increase the geocaches on each page so that we might be able to do away with any exempt pages in the future. ( maintenance runs will be great weekend camping trip's into the Maine North Woods.) the first ir primary but the more I have thought about it the 2cd seem doable also. last winter I planned my assault on Harrow mountain fault (5/5 earthcache) and this winter it is the assault on the MNW's. area's with few if no geocaches in them. to see how HMF earthcache went check out the logbook at GC1GDJZ. man that was a fun day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustKev View Post
    JustPJ66 and I like seeing quality caches being published. We by-pass many GRCs because they're just placed somewhere that there's a guardrail with no other significant reason for the cache. We've done some of those but we'd much rather go somewhere that there's more than just a film cannister in a guardrail.
    Even though I have a couple of GRC's myself, I don't make a habbit of stoping for them. I have been trying to come up with caches that are a little more interesting and fun for people to find like my "Annie Sturgis Sanctuary" caches or my "Patience" cache. I have 3 more caches ready to go as soon as I find a place to put them that I hope people will enjoy finding. While I'm on the subject of nice caches, alot of us put a lot of time and effort into making these caches for people to find and enjoy. If you like the cache please put more than a "TFTC" in the log. We cache owners look forward to read your comments about our caches we work so hard to make and place. And if you REALLY like it don't forget to give them a "Favorites" point to show them.
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