Geocaching on Westmoreland Land Trust Properties

Geocaching is permitted on WLT properties by approval only.  WLT believes that geocaching can be a unique way to enjoy nature while using new technology to explore the landscape. Traveling off trail and disturbing vegetation and/or geologic formations and soil are sometimes necessary to find a cache.  This activity may be in direct conflict with the Land Trust’s desire to protect conservation or cultural values of a site and so permission to geocache is on a case – by – case basis, according to the following policy, adopted October 14, 2011.

  1. Placement of geocaches on lands owned by the Westmoreland Land Trust (WLT) requires authorization of the Stewardship Committee of the Board of Directors.  This authorization will be considered through a review process, which begins with the receipt of the completed Request to Place a Geocache Form.  This review process may also include a Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory search (PNDI), which insures its location is compatible with management activities as well as a site visit by a member or designee of the committee.
  2. WLT reserves the right to request the removal of a geochache at anytime.
  3. A geocache contact person responsible for necessary upkeep of the site must be identified prior to approval.
  4. There should be no earth disturbance or vegetative impact to any approved site, nor should the cache be readily discernable by the general public.
  5. Cache(s) shall not be placed in a plastic (PVC) pipe.
  6. Cache name must be clearly visible on the exterior of all geocache containers.
  7. A cache may remain at the approved site for no more than three years without reauthorization, at which time it must be removed, the site restored to its original condition, and the WLT informed in writing of the removal.  This will control cache abandonment and assist in preventing renegade trail development to the site.
  8. Unauthorized geocaches on WLT lands will be removed and treated as abandoned property, and the responsible person may be cited for littering.
  9. Responsible party shall delete site location(s) from all publications and/or website(s) within seven days of removal.