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Legal information around geocache placement.

1. Private Property

1.1. Geocache on Private Property

If you need action on or information about a geocache in your area, please call us at 206.971.0544 or email us at http://www.geocaching.com/help with the geocache name, GC Code (GCXXXX), location, or any other information that might assist us in identifying the correct geocache.

2. Law Enforcement & Parks Professionals

2.1. Premium Membership for Law Enforcement & Land Managers

Park systems and police departments are a welcome and integral part of the geocaching community. It is our goal to build and honor these partnerships by developing tools and distributing educational materials to enhance the awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of geocaching.

Official representatives of parks, land management organizations and law enforcement agencies are eligible for a free Premium Membership. With the premium member status, you are able to identify geocaches currently placed in your region, receive notifications when new geocaches in your area are placed, and communicate with the geocachers who are playing in your area.

How to Join the Geocaching Community:

2.2. Reporting a Geocache

If a geocache has been found placed in an unsuitable location, please contact us through our web portal and select "Legal" as the subject category, or call us at 206.971.0544. Please include the the geocache name, GC Code (GCXXXX), location, or any other information that might assist us in identifying the correct cache. A representative will respond as soon as possible regarding the matter. 
 
Our guidelines for placing a geocache do warn geocache owners of potential inappropriate locations in which to place geocaches. Geocaches should not be placed in areas that are sensitive due to their proximity to a public structure, including and not limited to, highway bridges, major roadways, dams, government buildings, schools, military installations, hospitals, airports and other such locations. While geocache Reviewers do work to make sure that our guidelines are being followed, the areas in which geocaches are hidden are often so unique as to make a full compliance of our guidelines difficult to judge. Geocache owners retain all responsibility for their listings. However, geocachers who come across a cache hidden inappropriately are encouraged to notify us immediately, at which point we will archive the cache from our site. 
 

2.3. The Benefits of Geocaching for Land Managers

Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game that is free to play by anyone. Not only are there benefits for the players (aka geocachers), it also brings benefits for those who manage the land the game is played on.

About Geocachers 


How Geocaching Affects the Local Environment

Geocaching is a great way to encourage people to explore the world around them. From urban areas to parks and trails, geocaching takes people on an adventure—and generally creates no more impact than hiking. By bringing outdoor-minded individuals to less well-known trails and parks, geocaching often supports the goals of Park and Land Managers.

Each geocache is submitted through a review process that ensures that geocache hiders are following all of the Geocache Listing Requirements and Guidelines. These guidelines were developed to protect not only geocachers, but also the lands on which geocaches are placed. Here are a sampling of guidelines that were created to make sure geocaching is beneficial for land managers:

  1. All local laws and documented land management policies apply.
  2. You assure us that you have the landowner's and/or land manager's permission before you hide any geocache, whether placed on private or public property.
  3. Geocaches are never buried, neither partially nor completely.
  4. Geocache placements do not damage, deface or destroy public or private property.
  5. Wildlife and the natural environment are not harmed in the pursuit of geocaching.
  6. Geocaches are not placed in restricted, prohibited or otherwise inappropriate locations.

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In addition, Land Managers and Law Enforcement can receive a Free Geocaching Premium account to monitor all activity in their region and make sure it fits local guidelines.

Examples of Agency/Geocaching partnerships

 

2.4. Examples of Agency/Geocaching partnerships

Geocaching provides opportunities for land managers and police to engage with their communities and promote safe enjoyment of the land. Examples of Agency/Geocaching partnerships:

Promote Geocaching

Host Events

Host CITO Events (Cache In Trash Out)

Educate about Responsible Geocaching

Hide Geocaches  

 
Increase Tourism

Getting Started

Land Managers and Law Enforcement can receive a Free Geocaching Premium account to monitor all activity in their region and make sure it fits local guidelines.

3. Usage Guidelines

3.1. Logo Usage and Trademark Information

Many geocachers want to use our logos for various geocaching-related things—and we love that! But before you do, keep in mind that the CITO logo (and the name Cache In Trash Out) is our trademark and the Geocaching logo is our registered trademark in the United States and many other countries around the world. Trademark law requires us to set a few ground rules that you must agree to before using our logos.

Read our Logo Usage Guidelines: http://www.geocaching.com/about/logousage.aspx


There is also a public domain logo which was independently produced. We do not manage this at all. It is used widely and is often seen with some small variation such as color, or a graphic background. More information on the public domain logo is available at http://bytethebullet.com/geologo.

public  domain logo

3.2. Cache page image/text usage

Images and text on a cache page are user-generated content. As such, Geocaching HQ cannot give permission to use them. To get permission, try contacting the player who posted the photo or text via their Public Profile.

To access their profile, you can select the hyperlink next to "A Cache By" at the top of the geocache details page. (Note: You may need to create a free basic membership on Geocaching.com to be able to use the message tool on their profile.)

4. Privacy

4.1. Privacy - Can I block another geocacher on Geocaching.com?

Historically, geocachers have always been able to view information on other geocachers' public profile pages. We believe it would fundamentally change the game in a negative way if users could not see geocache logs from other users, as well as information about trackable items they have interacted with, and geocaching photos. At this time, there is no way to block another geocacher from seeing your profile page or your geocaching activity. If you are concerned about keeping your information private from other geocachers, here are some other options to consider:

Any information that you submit to Geocaching.com will be treated in accordance with the terms of our privacy policy.