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#1 User is offline   Byron & Anne 

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 11:47 PM

Iím talking mainly to the US geocachers. There are many lobbying groups around. Some big, like the NRA or Sierra Club. Some smaller, like local motorcycle clubs, hiking clubs, or snowmobile clubs. Those folks have organized and their voices have been heard. With all the discussions about ďpermissionsĒ it seems to me that somebody in this group of people would know how to create a ďpolitical action lobby groupĒ. As this recreational activity grows the need for our voice to be heard grows. We are a legitimate recreation group. There is nothing illegal or wrong with our form of recreation. The policy makers need to be educated about geocaching and made to understand that we do form a voting block.

I can envision a national organization (non-profit), with several chapters through out the country. Some local organizations are already formed.

I really believe that until we get organized with all the proper organization registrations needed for a non-profit political action group we will continue to have problems and eventually be eliminated.

Sorry, but I donít have the expertise or energy to attempt to create such an organization, but Iím sure somebody here does.

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 11:54 PM

An effort is underway to do exactly that.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 12:09 AM

There are at least two underway.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 12:23 AM

Ok Agent Provocateur and O amante de R„s, clue us un-informed-in.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 12:59 AM

No kidding! How can we participate if you don't tell us what's going on?!
You must be a Mule or an Elephant. :P

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 01:38 AM

I will differ to my esteemed colleague Renegade Knight to start the discussion. He did post first.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 08:30 AM

Thank you CO_Admin

Here is a draft of the short version of our mission.

1) To allow geocaching to become self regulating and self sustaining, by establishing ourselves as a not for profit member owned organization who works with landowenrs and the geocaching community to achieve itís goals.
2) To enable national and local organizations to take on a more direct role in geocaching within their areas.
3) To provide a permanent archive for geocaching databases to preserve logs and caches for access and posterity.

There was a longer version sent out to every local and national organization that we knew of at the timewe started. A few got missed. 9Key your local organization was one that I thought we sent information too, but it's always possible that it didn't happen. Sending information to the contact for a website and having them post it for their members is two different things though.

If there is an effort specific to organizing a national organization for the USA I'd be happy to contact them.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 08:49 AM

RK can you email me the long version. I'm working on a Long Island Geocaching website. It's in it's infancy stage right now but I'll be happy to post it there.

http://www.ligeocaching.com

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 09:41 PM

send me the information as well please. mike@wunderware.com and I will forward it to the MiGO steering group.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 09:44 PM

I posted the long version on the Nebraskache yahoo group some time ago if that also helps. Sorry about the lack of a link. My computer is being really slow tonight about opening extra windows, so I got lazy about finding the link.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 09:51 PM

If someone will forward me the information to webmaster@alacache.com I will ensure that it is posted on our Association's web site.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 09:56 PM

Sure, I'll post it in the Texas forums. Email it to 9key or admin - texasgeocaching.com.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 11:06 PM

Renegade Knight, on Dec 7 2003, 08:30 AM, said:

There was a longer version sent out to every local and national organization that we knew of at the timewe started.  A few got missed.

First time I'm hearing anything about it. I'm not suprised though, that's pretty typical around here. It's hard to tell where to go for local information nowadays. Nothing in our yahoogroups except for news of yet another local website that will be up after the new year. I tried checking the current local website, but that appears to be down. Keenpeople also appears to be down. No news on yet another local site. Maybe you can post the long version here and I can forward it to the new website when it is up.

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 02:15 AM

The NeoGeocachers are also interested. Send a copy to erik_bruder@hotmail.com and I'll make sure all the Ohio groups have a copy.

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 02:56 AM

Renegade Knight, on Dec 7 2003, 11:30 AM, said:

Thank you CO_Admin

Here is a draft of the short version of our mission.

1) To allow geocaching to become self regulating and self sustaining, by establishing ourselves as a not for profit member owned organization who works with landowenrs and the geocaching community to achieve itís goals.
2) To enable national and local organizations to take on a more direct role in geocaching within their areas.
3) To provide a permanent archive for geocaching databases to preserve logs and caches for access and posterity.

There was a longer version sent out to every local and national organization that we knew of at the timewe started. A few got missed. 9Key your local organization was one that I thought we sent information too, but it's always possible that it didn't happen. Sending information to the contact for a website and having them post it for their members is two different things though.

If there is an effort specific to organizing a national organization for the USA I'd be happy to contact them.

This is pretty similar to what we have here in Maryland. It has provided us with no problems when placing caches as long as the rules are followed. In fact, our mission to start was this info indeed. Keep the land-owners and regulators happy and we'll be happy, too.

http://www.mdgps.net....php?name=Parks

We're still a group of buddies who do this on our own time and wallet, but I'm pretty sure trippy is already a non-profit up there at MiGO.

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 05:16 AM

There are a BUNCH of Org's that are already doing this. They all promote MULTIPLE USE. Most are vehicle travel but a lot of them also include Equestrian and mountin bikers (they are targed by groups like ELF, sierra club and other anti access groups.

The biggest would be United www.ufwda.org They have a full time lawyer that interpets new bills and how they would effect the public. Carla Boucher, The lawyer has compiled a book called Land owners users manual or something like that. It appears they have been sold out and no longer available. It basicly tells how to handle many access problems and much of that would apply here.

Here is a very good person to contact. http://www.delalbrig...m/ruleworld.htm

Del's main objective is keep the Rubicon open but what he's doing is going to apply to Geocaching.
http://www.fmdac.com/ would be a good one to read. It's linked oof of Del's site but they are in the same boat with access being blocked.

Another excelent group to hook up with would be

Blueribbion Coalition http://www.sharetrails.org/ Again a excelent group promoting multiple use and fighting for access rights to public land.

And http://www.treadlightly.org/

Tread Lightly is another group promoting responsible multiple use.

Any of the above groups can offer help on how to protect access rights and would also be excepting of the Caching groups.


SEMA (Yep the auto thing) is a big access/ multiple use suporter http://www.sema.org

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 06:15 AM

Please send me the information and I will post it on the Cache Florida site.



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Posted 08 December 2003 - 06:58 PM

Apparently I spoke too soon. I went digging back into previous posts in the yahoogroups and found the long version posted back in September. I'm not sure how I missed it.

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