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Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Property
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County manages properties under its jurisdiction in a manner consistent with its enabling statute to protect the lands for the purposes of conservation, recreation and education. Responses to requests for placement shall weigh the relative impact of this use on District preserves. All requests for placement of Geocaches shall be regulated by the rules and regulations found in the Requirements for Geocache Placement and Requirements for Geocache Owners Sections of these Rules and Regulations. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County encourages the use of “virtual” caches. No Geocaches may be placed on District property without a specific special use permit.
I. General Provisions
All Geocache sites on Forest Preserve District of DuPage County properties must be approved and authorized through the Visitor Services Office.
II. Required Information
The following information is required to be submitted with each Geocache Permit Application.
A. Proposed Geocache location shown on a map with Longitude and Latitude coordinates.
B. Name and contact information of person(s) or organization requesting authorization for placement of the Geocache.
C. List of items to be initially placed into the Geocache.
III. Criteria for Review of Proposals
The following is a list of criteria that will be used to review all Geocache proposals for determining the relative impact to preserves. Additional site-specific factors may need to be taken into consideration.
A. Impact to Threatened and/or Endangered Species and/or critical habitat.
B. Is the proposed location of the Geocache compatible with the current designated land use?
1. Nature Preserve
2. Cultural or Historic Site
3. Ecosystem Class
4. Camping, Picnic, other amenities and other high use areas.
5. Facilities / Nature Centers.
IV. Requirements for Geocache Placement
Once approved for placement, the Geocache must meet the following requirements. Violation of any of these Rules and Regulations will necessitate immediate removal of the Geocache by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County personnel.
A. Container must be a clear (see through), waterproof or sealable container with a size no greater than 4”x8”x12”.
B. The Geocache shall not contain any food items.
C. The Geocache shall not contain any inappropriate, offensive, or hazardous materials.
D. The Geocache shall not be buried.
E. The Geocache shall not be affixed to or disturb any vegetation or natural features.
F. The Geocache must have an official Forest Preserve Mylar Sticker placed where it will be visible to DuPage County Forest Preserve staff.
NOTE: Through management procedures in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, geocaches may be inadvertently burned, mowed, or destroyed. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will not be held liable to damaged Geocaches.
V. Requirements for Geocache Owners
Once approved for placement, the Geocache owner shall meet the following requirements. Violation of any of these Rules and Regulations will necessitate immediate removal of the Geocache by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County personnel.
A. The Geocache owner shall meet with a Designated District Geocache Coordinator at the Geocache site to discuss placement and rules.
B. The Geocache shall be checked at least every 30 days. Proof of check will be by E-mail, letter, or personal communication of the Geocache owner to the Designated District Geocache Coordinator.
C. Notice on the Geocache web site must state the following information:
1. This Geocache is placed on DuPage County Forest Preserve property with permission.
2. Do not place the following items in the Geocache: Food items, inappropriate, offensive, or hazardous materials.
3. DuPage County Forest Preserve hours are 1 hour after sunrise until 1 hour after sunset. Preserve users must not be in the preserves after hours.
4. It is the visitor’s responsibility to be aware of the policies and rules pertaining to this preserve. For more information on preserve rules, see the information kiosk in the parking lot of the preserve or contact Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248.
5. All Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Ordinances and subsequent policies, rules, and regulations are applicable.
If there are any minor edits to this policy this thread will be updated.