Arizona BLM Wants You To ASK for Permission To Place A Geocache
Geocaching always has a mixed reputation in the news and on public lands. Arizona’s BLM takes it one step further by saying:
Geocaching may become a management concern for BLM if it jeopardizes public health and safety, causes environmental damage, or conflicts with other authorized uses.
At the moment, caches are permitted on lands in Arizona managed by the BLM. The BLM requests that these four rules be observed:
- Identify proposed cache locations to the local BLM office before placing a cache
- Do not place caches at archaeological sites
- Obtain a BLM permit for any competitive events, contests for prizes, paid participation, or caches hosted by commercial business
- Advise BLM if you observe any misuse or abuse of a cache location
What do you think? Should geocachers in Arizona comply with the BLM’s requests?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
March 11, 2015 @ 7:47 pm
Hi Kim! Welcome back to blogging about Geocaching.
I read through the short list of requirements on the BLM site and my vote is to comply. Their requests didn’t seem too burdensome. They do seemed a little worried about the effects of Geocaching on the parks so it might help to remind them of the sport’s CITO (cache in/trash out) mantra and our shared goal to leave no trace while enjoying the outdoors. When caching taking me to a new park, I try to drop a quick email to the BLM afterwards to thank them for allowing caching and let them know caching helped me discover the park.