trailmaven Posted November 26, 2002 Share Posted November 26, 2002 Recently I watched a geocacher find a cache in the area along the Deschutes River known as Steelhead Falls. This person had to hike up a really unstable slope with sensitve vegetation underneath a cliff with some nests. When the person climbed down, he'd inadvertantly created a very distinct trail, ripped out plants and disturbed wildlife. My issue is not so much with the person -- he was trying to be careful. But rather with the person who created the site who chose a nice spot but in a bad location. Perhaps that person was not even aware of the potential issues? This area is on BLM land but its in a Wilderness Study Area. These Study ares have some additional regulations that don't allow some kinds of activties and offer additional protections. I happen to know there are sensitive plants growing in that area and that there are listed wildlife in the same area. The BLM has also been actively restoring the trail due to significant erosion problems and is asking users to stay on the trails in that area - and here we cachers are sending people out there, off trail, impacting who knows what -- and with us being unaware of the potential problems. I know that as a group we can't control the places peole choose for their cache sites. However, can we provide, in our guidelines, a recommendation to check with public land agencies in advance to insure we are not impacted wildlife and plants in a negative way? After all we are out there to enjoy things not damage them. Does anyone know how to contact the person that set up the site to let them know and perhaps move the cache to a better ( and less impacting) location? I think its listed as the species name of Steelhead Micus Oncarincus Falls . I'd like to keep geocaching and don't want to be considered a "problem" by public land managers or private landowners. I would appreciate some comments or ideas on how to find this person from people. Thank Quote Link to comment
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