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Environmental Responsiblity

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOCATION-BASED ACTIVITIES

Location-based activities such as geocaching, letterboxing, orienteering and Waymarking can have unintended impacts on the Earth's natural resources.

Participants in these sports can help prevent trampled vegetation, damaged wildlife habitats and disturbance of historical or cultural resources by following these guidelines:

  • If you are planning to hide a cache or letterbox in a Florida State Park, check with the park manager BEFOREHAND to get his/her permission.
  • Avoid sensitive archaeological sites, historic sites, dunes and active fire zones.
  • Digging holes and burying caches is not permitted in state parks. Talk with the park manager about your plans BEFORE you hide a cache to get his/her permission.
  • Taking or removing historic or archaeological materials is not allowed.
  • Do not remove or disturb native vegetation or wildlife.
  • Never put food in a cache. Wildlife will destroy the cache to get at the food. No toxic or explosive substances, including batteries, lighters, matches and aerosol cans.
  • Cache in, trash out. Pick up other litter along the way.
  • Use the 'track back' feature on your GPS unit rather than flagging and marking trails.
  • Always carry extra batteries, a map and a compass and know how to use them.
  • Practice the lift-look-replace technique. If you lift a rock to look under it, replace it exactly as you found it.
  • Following a trip, wash your gear to reduce the spread of invasive species.
  • Consider safety. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Wear a hat, sunglasses or other weather protective clothing.
  • Bring a map and know your route along with possible alternatives. Bring sunscreen, insect repellant and a basic first-aid kit.
  • Respect other state park users.

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