Tread Lightly!, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to proactively protect recreation access and opportunities in the outdoors through education and stewardship initiatives. Tread Lightly! provides outdoor ethics for all types of outdoor recreation-- everything from hiking to hunting to camping, with a special focus on motorized and mechanized recreation-- like four wheeling, motorcycling, snowmobiling, and boating.
MTGA is a non-profit organization that shall foster and facilitate the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes.
Adopt-a-Forest mutual goals are to enhance enjoyment of public forest land by eliminating illegal dumping and to increase awareness of recycling opportunities for waste materials found.
The Adopt-a-Forest program goals are:
* Prevention through education
* Law enforcement
* Improved legal recycling and disposal options.
The program encourages volunteers--the program’s backbone--to clean up existing trash and to function as an "army" of educators.
MiGO has an ongoing relationship and agreement with the Natural Areas Preservation organization. They have developed guidelines and a permit process for the placement of caches in their managed lands. Visit this link to see the requirements and obtain the neccesary permits.
Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and foster an environmental ethic among its citizens.
Mail or Bring Permits To: Natural Area Preservation 1831 Traver Rd. Ann Arbor, MI (734) 996−3266
The Officials at the Natural Areas Preservation have developed a set of guidelines and a permit process that must be followed for all geocaches placed in the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Note that your cache WILL NOT be approved on geocaching.com if this permit is not obtained and the cache is approved by an official at Natural Areas Preservation.
Guidelines for Cache Placement:
To place a cache in any City of Ann Arbor Park or Nature Area a person must first obtain a permit. These can be obtained, at no cost, from the Natural Area Preservation (NAP) office by mail, fax, email, or in person. (Geocaching Permit)
Containers must be transparent. Do not use ammo boxes, PVC pipes or other containers that might cause alarm. The cache must contain the permit and information on Geocaching in case any non-participant finds the cache.
Offensive, illegal or dangerous items are not allowed in any cache.
When placing a cache do not disturb the surrounding environment in any way. This includes digging holes, cutting vegetation, or attaching the cache to live trees.
Place the cache in a safe area. Think about the safety of people who will be looking for your cache and use common sense.
A cache must be located at least 200 feet from a "preserve" area. Preserves are indicated on aerial maps that will be given to people who apply to place a cache. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the NAP staff.
Place the cache so people can use the established trails as much as possible.
When hunting for or hiding a cache you must abide by City of Ann Arbor Park hours and regulations.
After one year the cache should either be removed or relocated at least 500ft. away. This should be done in coordination with the NAP staff.