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2017 MnGCA Spring Event

 
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dmnrec
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:11 am    Post subject: 2017 MnGCA Spring Event Reply with quote

We are now seeking volunteers to help plan and coordinate the 2017 MnGCA Spring event. You do not have to live in the area of the event to help out. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29 in the Mankato area. Please post if you are willing to step up and help out on the volunteer committee.

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LittleGears
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to help! Count me in Very Happy
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dornole
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to do a table or some kind of mini-training during the event on how geocachers can recognize and report coordinates of high-priority invasive species to MDA/DNR using the GLEDN phone app or their GPS and a computer.

Examples: emerald ash borer, oriental bittersweet, and wild parsnip (which every cacher should learn anyway to avoid the horrifying skin burns, makes poison ivy look like good times).

This is something I do while out geocaching and land managers DO appreciate it and follow up on these reports to eradicate the infestations as state law requires. It is an attempt to prevent or slow the "buckthorns of tomorrow" before they become established in MN. A lot of them are massing on the WI border waiting to get us and I can tell you from living out east, these species are bad news.

I think MN geocachers would be a great group to do this because we can report coordinates, are out anyway, and go everywhere. All you need to learn is a little botany and the easy reporting method. Think of it as advanced "cache in trash out."

Let me know if this would be of interest.
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Geary&Co.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

always willing to help.
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dmnrec
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dornole wrote:
I'd like to do a table or some kind of mini-training during the event on how geocachers can recognize and report coordinates of high-priority invasive species to MDA/DNR using the GLEDN phone app or their GPS and a computer.

Examples: emerald ash borer, oriental bittersweet, and wild parsnip (which every cacher should learn anyway to avoid the horrifying skin burns, makes poison ivy look like good times).

This is something I do while out geocaching and land managers DO appreciate it and follow up on these reports to eradicate the infestations as state law requires. It is an attempt to prevent or slow the "buckthorns of tomorrow" before they become established in MN. A lot of them are massing on the WI border waiting to get us and I can tell you from living out east, these species are bad news.

I think MN geocachers would be a great group to do this because we can report coordinates, are out anyway, and go everywhere. All you need to learn is a little botany and the easy reporting method. Think of it as advanced "cache in trash out."

Let me know if this would be of interest.


That sounds great! Up north here, Jeepers Creepers has hosted a few events on identifying and removing invasive species.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK! I will work on putting something together - please keep me posted as to what you need from me in terms of scheduling etc!
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dornole
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, is the site known yet? I'd like to scope it out for any invasives that people could look at "live."
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Pear Head
Past MnGCA President


Joined: 04 Apr 2004

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://coord.info/GC71A8Z
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sir_zman
Past MnGCA Board


Joined: 30 Jun 2005

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pear Head wrote:
https://coord.info/GC71A8Z


Wow, things have changed, it used to be the job of the spring committee to pick the date, location and to create the website; seems that pretty much all of that has been done before the committee is even formed now. This isn't a complaint, just an observation of how things change over time.
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