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Duluth Parks and Recreation Department Geocaching Policy

 
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s4xton
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 3:50 pm    Post subject: Duluth Parks and Recreation Department Geocaching Policy Reply with quote

The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department, working with the Minnesota Geocaching Association, have completed a Geocaching Policy for the City of Duluth.

Erin Wenneson, representing the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department as well as being a geocacher herself (as dmnrec), prepared and shared a possible draft policy with some people at Pear Head's Duluth Area Geocaching Meeting on April 15. The MnGCA met with her then and continued to work with her in the following weeks to create a geocaching policy that protects the interests of Geocachers as well as protecting the interests of the City of Duluth and area residents. Numerous communications were passed back and forth, and various drafts were pounded out and refined both by the MnGCA Board and the The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department.

A lot of work has gone into it, and I personally feel that this is close to a "model" policy that can be used if other park authorities decide they want to have a geocaching policy. The City of Duluth is very geocaching friendly and wanted to stay that way.

We have posted the policy here:

http://www.mngca.org/duluth.php

It is also linked from our Cache Guidelines page.

You'll notice that this policy in some ways is quite a bit different than other geocaching policies in the state. We feel these differences are very positive for geocachers and the City.

I see this as a win-win situation for everyone. Please let us know what you think.

-Aaron
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it looks good. My thanks to the MNGCA board and the Duluth Parks & Rec for a quality set of guidelines.

It's basically no more restrictive than the gc.com guidelines, with a little bit of common sense added in (no sanctuaries, campgrounds, zoos, environmental preservation areas, and places that are ecologically sensitive).

The only line I didn't really understand was this one:

Duluth Geocaching Policy wrote:
The hider is also responsible for the upkeep of relevant information about the park and area the geocache is located in.


Can you explain the meaning of that one further?
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would assume that means the cacher should be aware of changes at the park- changes in hours, work being done in the area that would effect the cache, etc and post it on the cache page. I think this is a very good policy- thank you to all who gave of their precious time to volunteer to work on this project.
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s4xton
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pear Head wrote:
Duluth Geocaching Policy wrote:
The hider is also responsible for the upkeep of relevant information about the park and area the geocache is located in.


Can you explain the meaning of that one further?


This is the upkeep of information such as park hours, recommended parking coordinates, any trail closings inside the park or other information that would be needed for a geocache finder to get to the cache while abiding to the geocaching policy.

Pretty much the same information geocaching.com suggests you put on cache pages. The policy just asks that it stays current.

If things change in the park...

Duluth Geocaching Policy wrote:
The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department will notify the hider if there are any seasonal restrictions or relevant policy changes concerning the park or geocache area.


...so the cache hider can update the page with information letting the cache finders know that "These trails are closed until spring" or "access isn't available from the west, please access from the east," for example.

Mainly informative stuff that's relevant to finding the cache so people can comply with the policy. I assume not much will need to change for most caches. Nothing will need to change for any Duluth cache I've done.

-Aaron
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King Boreas
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to s4xton and Silent Bob, as well as dmnrec, for the effort involved, and caring enough to get it done right.
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s4xton
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an FYI (as it was asked):

Existing caches are grandfathered into to the new policy as they "don't see any that are out there right now that are a problem." (quoting the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department)

-Aaron
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The contact information for the Duluth policy has changed. The corrected information can be found in the policy here:

http://mngca.org/node/5
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The contact information for the Duluth policy has changed again. The corrected information can be found in the policy here:

http://mngca.org/node/5
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swfan
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work to all those involved
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