Meeting with Provincial Parks - June 27, 2006

Meeting with Cathy from Provincial Parks regarding the Development of a Geocaching Policy

  • Cathy is a planner with Provincial Parks, conservation and recreation based.
  • There are approx. 100 parks, each with different rules
  • A benefit of geocaching is it may attract people to underutilized parks
  • Concern: the creation of new trails that interfere with current park users, and the increase in traffic
  • Concern: all-terrain vehicles – are they popular in geocaching? Will they be creating new trails?
  • Caches located off the trails have potential pitfalls
  • Trying to avoid an official permitting feature. They are trying to keep it at a district level – need to find out prior to placing the cache if it will be okay. A form will be filled out and kept as proof of authorization. You will be able to get a copy of the form if requested.

MBGA General Meeting - June 8, 2006

Location: Big Guys N49 49.649 W097 06.356
Time: 8:06 --> 9:20

Present:
Steven (ertyu), Brian (grnbrg), Tobey (3Ts&aG), Roger (The-Stuntman), Peter (Peter and Gloria), Scott (Lizardo), Dani (dani_carriere)

Absent:
Jen (ava_ad0re), Daniel (Master Instigator), Teal (pink_panther)

Members Present:
Paula (Mhz), Sandra (junglehair)


Milestones - May 2006

Congratulations to the following MBGA members who have reached milestones during the past month.

100 Finds:

Profile for Cache and Cary Profile for JayPeg

300 Finds:

Profile for 3T's&aG Profile for burchil Profile for Sam and Lily

500 Finds:

Profile for MHz Profile for MLKoop Profile for The-Stuntman

600 Finds:

Profile for ertyu

700 Finds:

Profile for Peter and Gloria

100 Hides:

Profile for polarbeardiggers

The MBGA would like to welcome Junglehair back to Winnipeg.

Parks Canada Workshop

On May 5 and 6 of 2006, there were collaborative discussions between Parks Canada, Geocachers and Non-Government Organizations (NGO's) in Gatineau, Quebec. The purpose of the workshop was to jointly create policy recommendations for Parks Canada management at their invitation. It was a positive experience for all participants involved. This was step two of five in the second phase in a process that started May 2005 to develop a geocaching policy. An anticipated implementation date for the policy is Spring 2007. Until a final policy is in place, the interim policy remains in effect. We are optimistic that some form of physical geocaching will exist in Parks Canada in the future. A more in depth summary of details will follow.

Cacher of the Month - May 2006

MHz

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MHz & Gord from Morris
  1. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  2. Another geocacher, Razzputen, who is also a family friend, asked Gord to check out geocaching.com as he knew we had GPS units which we use for our amateur (ham) radio hobby. Gord told me about it and well we tried to find two different caches the very next weekend. That was on February 14, 2004. We didn’t succeed as we were little prepared for the mounds of snow and cold temps that day. The next time we went out, we were far more prepared and succeeded on every cache we tried to find and even met another cacher, Crooked Toe, at the cache sites of our first and second finds. It also seems fitting that the first cache we found, The Munsen Park Cache, was owned (now archived) by Razzputen.