It is the policy of the Boone County Conservation District (BCCD) to manage properties under its jurisdiction in a manner consistent with its role as a countywide natural resource/outdoor recreation agency, and to protect the resources at the site and to provide safety and security of the site visitor. Participants involved with any part of the geocaching activity (placement and the finding of geocaches) will obey all Conservation Area rules and regulations. Please refer to the rules below governing geocaching activity on BCCD sites.
- Geocaching will be performed only in designated Conservation Areas that are open to the public.
- Geocaches are not permitted in Flora Nature Preserve or within the Nature Preserve boundaries of Kinnikinnick Conservation Area.
- Only geocaches placed by BCCD will be allowed at Funderburg Conservation Area.
- Geocaches must be placed within 12 feet of a designated trail or open area.
- Cache must be registered on Geocaching.com with an accurate description of the cache and location.
- Caches must be placed at least 0.1 mile from each other.
- Geocache must not contain any food items.
- Geocache must not contain any inappropriate, offensive, or hazardous materials.
- If container is secured to a surface it must be done so in a way that does not interfere with natural growth or damage the surface it is on.
- Geocaches must be placed low enough to the ground to be reachable without climbing vegetation.
- Geocache must be checked periodically by the person who originally placed the geocache container.
- Caches will be removed if placement violates any or all of the following:
- Impact to threatened or endangered species.
- Placed in or near a sensitive wetland, vegetation, or wildlife habitat area where disturbance from activity or trampling could occur.
- Placed on a restricted Nature Preserve, Cultural or Historic Site, or Wildlife rest area.
- Area presents physical challenges or hazards and introduces site users to unnecessary risks.
- A geocache may be removed if a current development or restoration effort is conducted.
- Caches that solicit are off-limits. For example, caches perceived to be posted for religious, political, charitable or social agendas are not permitted.
- The following list of cache sizes and types are the only acceptable forms of containers permitted:
- Micro (35 mm film canister or smaller –– typically containing only a logbook).
- Small (Sandwich-sized Tupperware-style container or similar –– holds trade items and logbook).
- Regular (Tupperware-style container, plastic jar or ammo can).
- Cache containers must be of a material that is long-lasting and will not cause damage or danger to people or the environment (no glass or containers with sharp metal edges).
- Geocaches do not need to be registered with the Boone County Conservation District however, caches will be checked by BCCD staff on a routine basis.
- Any violation or unlawful misconduct on District property will be reported to the local police department, and the geocache box and its contents will be confiscated.
- Conservation Area hours will be observed at all times. Conservation sites are open from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset unless otherwise posted.
- Please note that BCCD has seasonal site closures, consult before venturing out.
Any questions regarding these policies can be directed to the Boone County Conservation District Administration Center by calling (815) 547-7935.