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NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION
GEOCACHING ON DNR PROPERTIES
Information Bulletin #46
1. Purpose and Application
The purpose of this information bulletin is to provide guidance for the
management of geocaching activities on a DNR property.
A person who participates in geocaching is subject to 312 IAC 8. A .cache.
is a .device. and requires a license from the department
under 312 IAC 8-2-10(6)(B). The standards for a license are outlined by
this information bulletin.
(1) .Cache. means a container that is used in association with geocaching.
A cache typically includes items such as a logbook,pen, pencil, map, or
(2) .Department. refers to the department of natural resources.
(3) .DNR property. has the meaning set forth in 312 IAC 8-1-4(3).
(4) .Geocaching. means a game pursued by global positioning system (or
.GPS.) users. An individual or organization places
a cache or caches and shares its or their location on the Internet. A
participant in the game applies the GPS coordinates to locate
a target cache or caches. When located, the participant records the find
on a designated website such as www.geocaching.com.
The game may provide that objects are traded at the cache.
(5) .Multi-cache. refers to containers that are located from information
received in another cache.
(6) .Virtual cache. refers to the target for geocaching for which there is
no container. The location itself is the cache. Objects
are not traded at the site of a virtual cache.
(a) A person must obtain an .official geocaching placement license. on a
department form before placing a cache on or within
a DNR property. A cache that is placed without first obtaining a license
under this information bulletin may be removed by the
department and disposed as provided in .Personal Property Found on DNR
Properties. (Information Bulletin #23).
(b) The property manager is authorized to issue, condition, or deny a
(c) A person who is aggrieved by a determination by the property manager
may seek informal review from the division director.
A determination by the division director is subject to administrative
review under 312 IAC 3-1.
4. General Prohibitions, Limitations, and Requirements
The following prohibitions apply to the placement of any cache and to any
(1) A person must not violate 312 IAC 8 or another state or a federal
(2) Properties administered in whole or in part by the following divisions
of the department do not qualify for geocaching:
(A) Division of nature preserves (including any property dedicated under
(B) Division of museums and historic sites.
(C) Division of outdoor recreation.
(3) A person must not dig or otherwise disrupt the ground when placing a
(4) A person is limited to a maximum of two (2) official geocaching
placement licenses on a particular DNR property at any
(5) The maximum number of caches that can be approved on a DNR property at
any time is the lesser of the following:
(A) Twenty-five (25); or Nonrule Policy Documents Indiana Register, Volume
28, Number 4, January 1, 2005 + 1377
(B) The number derived by dividing the total acreage of the DNR property
by two hundred (200) acres. A DNR property
containing fewer than two hundred (200) acres does not qualify for
(6) A property manager is not required to approve any multi-cache but may
approve not more than five (5) multi-caches under
an official geocaching placement license.
(7) As soon as practicable after placing a cache, the person who holds an
official geocaching placement license must record
the exact location on the copy of the license maintained by the property
(8) The person who holds an official geocaching placement license must
inspect any cache at least once every six (6) months
to help ensure compliance with this information bulletin. During the
inspection, the person must remove from the cache any
food, alcohol, firearms, drugs, items unsuitable for minors, or other
items that may pose a danger to people or wildlife.
(9) An official geocaching placement license expires one (1) year after
the date of issuance.
5. License Standards
The property manager shall exercise reasonable discretion in determining
whether to issue, condition, or deny an application
for an official geocaching placement license. In the exercise of
discretion, the following factors and principles apply:
(1) A cache cannot be approved for placement in a sensitive
archaeological, historical, or ecological area. Examples include
historic buildings or structures, caves, or areas that contain rare,
threatened, or endangered plant or animals.
(2) A scheduled resource management activity, such as a timber sale or a
prescribed burn, shall be considered in evaluating
a license application.
(3) A cache cannot be approved for placement in an area that could
reasonably cause danger to a geocaching participant or to
another person who visits the DNR property. Examples of inappropriate
areas include cliffs, bluffs, trees, lakes, streams, and
(4) For inclusion with the license application, the property manager may
require a person issued an official geocaching
placement license to provide a photograph of the cache, the site where the
cache is placed, or both.
(5) Any other factor reasonably consistent with proper use and protection
of the particular DNR property, including
implementation of a master plan.
(6) A virtual cache is exempted from licensing under this information
bulletin, but a person who administers or seeks a virtual
cache must comply with 312 IAC 8.
6. License Suspension or Revocation and Site Reclamation
(1) The property manager may suspend or revoke an official geocaching
placement license, if a term of the license or of this
information bulletin is violated, or if the location of the cache is found
to pose a hazard to safety or the environment. The
property manager shall make a reasonable attempt to notify the license
holder of the action, as well as to notify the designated
website. The reasons for the property manager.s action shall be recorded
with the license. If the license holder elects to relocate
the cache, a new license application is required.
(2) Upon the suspension, revocation, or termination of an official
geocaching placement license, the license holder is
responsible for removal of the cache, for site restoration, and for any
associated expenses. A person who places a cache without
a license has the same responsibilities as if issued a license.
(3) A person who is aggrieved by a suspension or revocation may seek
administrative review under 312 IAC 3-1.
The Natural Resources Commission approved this information bulletin on
November 16, 2004. The information bulletin was
published in the Indiana Register and became effective on January 1, 2005.
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