Central Oregon Land Manager Policies, as collected by geocacheing.com
From URL: http://www.oregongeocaching.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=2077&sid=d67b14dd35132295cb07c670136cc1d8#p2077
This document is a work in progress. The guidelines presented here are not enforced by cogeo.org or the site administration of cogeo.org. If you find a cache in violation of the policies of the appropriate land management agency, please contact the cache owner directly.
Please become familiar with the guidelines at http://www.geocaching.com prior to placement of any geocaches.
- Find out who owns or manages the land before you place a cache, and get their permission first!
- Consider that geocachers might take shortcuts. Are there obvious shortcuts that could damage the area?
Bend Metro Park and Recreation District
No restrictions although we should avoid riparian areas next to the Deschutes River and Tumalo Creek. (bigeddy)
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
The monument is administered by the Deschutes National Forest as a multi-use recreation area and is not restricted like a wilderness. I was told that geocaches are generally permitted. In special areas like Lava River Cave, Lava Cast Forest and Lava Butte we should call the Visitor Center for permission or just avoid the areas. (bigeddy)
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Public Lands
The BLM supports geocaching on most of the land it administers except for specific areas that have been identified as sensitive (such as archaeological sites, caves, stock and wildlife waterers, and endangered species habitat). Its policies are mostly contained in area management plans. For much of Central Oregon the Upper Deschutes Resource Management Plan provides guidance. Many BLM Special Management Areas have restrictions including Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), Research Natural Areas (RNA), Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR), Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) and caves. Of special interest to us are the Badlands WSA (17 cache limit) and Steelhead Falls WSA (3 cache limit).
Note that the Plan defines geocaching as "leaving any items on BLM administered lands for the purposes of posting or advertising the approximate location of those items for others to find." So, the policy by definition includes TerraCaches, letterboxes and similar physical containers but not virtual caches. The Plan implies that if either WSA is designated as a wilderness then caches will be banned.
Another document of interest is this March 2005 memo from the BLM regarding geocaching that expired in 2006 but is the last known general policy and appears to still be in use.
GovBigDawg (aka Gavin Hoban, BLM Recreation Planner) also posts on a regular basis with information regarding seasonal closures of various BLM areas. Click here for a list of his posts.
The following information is directly from central oregon state parks management (thanks to logscaler):
- None in/on Pilot Butte State Park in Bend, Oregon;
- None in Fort Rock State Park in Fort Rock, Oregon;
- Any placed in the “Fee” parks they would like to know about as certain areas are out and they would like some input as for placement;
- As always, NO DIGGING;
- La Pine State parks has 9 miles of trails and it is open for caching;
- Cline Falls State Park is open for caching;
- Undeveloped State Parks grounds are open for caching;
- Certain areas are monitored and security measures are in place;
- Where Park grounds are close to private property, Please indicate a parking spot so as not to have cachers crossing onto private grounds;
- Other issues will be dealt with on a one on one basis as the occur;
The following information is from the local Forest Service wilderness ranger, for the South Sister area (thanks to bigeddy):
Short version: No physical caches in the wilderness
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