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Treadlightly 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.

Clean Forests 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.            



You have reached the homepage of the Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO). The purpose of our organization is to promote the sport of Geocaching in Michigan via improved communications and to provide information to the public about our activities and the sport of geocaching. Please spend some time on our site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or visit www.geocaching.com for more details.

Join MiGO Today! Our free membership gives you many benefits. MiGO is one of the oldest and most respected Geocaching organizations in the country. Since our inception in April, 2002 we have grown both in size and stature. In 2007 we were granted an organizational land use permit by the Michigan DNR. This permit is paid annually by MiGO and enables all our members to place caches on permitted DNR lands at no fee. This is just one of the many benefits of your free membership. You'll also become part of a local and tight-knit Geocaching community with an active interest in caching in our state. Our forums are very active and are a great place to meet cachers and learn. Image

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Congratulations to the 2014 Executive Committee and Regional Vice Presidents
Written by Michigan Geocaching Organization   
Thursday, 21 November 2013

With only seven nominees for the EC, and no competing nominations for the RVP positions, a formal election was not required this year. Please join us in welcoming the following officers for 2014:

2014 Executive Committee

 Beverly Siersma

 - LadyBee4T 

  Tim Woodcox

 - TeamEccs21

  Sheryl Rains

 - UPRadioFlyer

Melissa Pilkington

 - A2QueenCacher

 Scott Miller

 - SkipHerr

  Doug Vandenberg

 - TreePlanter

 Mike Spence

 - Geo-Trails

 Dan Elliott

 - LightPeople

2014 Regional Vice Presidents
UP Chapter:
Amy Anderson  - Splat Crew
NL Chapter:
Jason Vanacker   - Vanman_30
SW Chapter: Khan Hollis   - The Conman
SE Chapter:
 Doug Vandenberg  - TreePlanter
5th Chapter:
 Steve Elsbrie
 - Othum

NOTE: Nominations for election to the Executive Committee are not position specific. The new EC will decide between themselves which person will assume each position as per the bylaws.  Also, the webmaster is an appointed non-voting position on the EC.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 March 2014 )
Belle Isle as a State Park
Written by Michigan Geocaching Organization   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Detroit’s historic Belle Isle Park will begin a transition to becoming Michigan’s 102nd state park, following action today by the Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board. 

The board accepted a lease approved by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Keith Creagh, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Kirk Steudle and Gov. Rick Snyder. The lease will guide state management of the park. Under the lease terms, the city maintains ownership of Belle Isle while the DNR assumes responsibility for managing Belle Isle according to the high standards of its award-winning state park system. The Michigan Department of Transportation will assume responsibility for roads and bridges on Belle Isle.

“This is a city-state partnership that makes good sense for the future of Belle Isle and the people of Detroit,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Everyone wants this Detroit gem to offer a clean, safe and welcoming park environment, while lessening the financial burden on the city. Those are the driving principles behind this agreement.”

State management of the island will save Detroit an estimated $4 million a year. In addition, the state will invest in the island through a variety of sources, including grants, bonds and donations from private organizations willing to partner in the park’s revitalization. 

The Emergency Loan Board’s action begins a 90-day transition period that is outlined in the lease. 

The DNR’s initial short-term action items include: 
Meeting with Detroit’s recently elected city council members and mayor to establish an open and productive line of communication;
Meeting with a soon-to-be-established advisory committee, the Belle Isle Conservancy and other key stakeholder groups;
Evaluating all current contracts, leases and concession agreements;
Updating previous infrastructure assessment information to prioritize critical needs;
Establishing a visible staffing and visitor services presence throughout Belle Isle; and
Coordinating with local, regional and state law enforcement agencies on a security plan. 
The lease provides for an initial 30-year term with two 15-year renewals. A seven-member committee established in the lease will advise the state on improvements and master planning for the park. A minimum of three members of the committee will be residents of the city of Detroit. The state will work cooperatively with the Belle Isle Conservancy and other partners, in collaboration with the advisory committee, to develop and improve the park.

The Recreation Passport, which offers access to all Michigan state parks and recreation areas across the state, will be required for entry to Belle Isle immediately following the 90-day transition period. The Passport does not apply to individuals. Pedestrians, bicyclists and those using public transportation can enter the park for free and will not need the Passport. The Passport, which currently costs $11 for Michigan registered vehicles and $5 for motorcycles, is a per-vehicle charge. When purchased through the Secretary of State during license plate registration renewal, it is good until the next license plate registration renewal. It will also be available for purchase at the park. Because the Recreation Passport will be a new requirement to access Belle Isle in a vehicle, the requirement will be phased in for park visitors. The Recreation Passport will be required commencing on the date the license plate is due for renewal. Visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport for more information on the program.

Park revenue from permit fees, rental fees, special events, grants, endowments and other sources that derive from Belle Isle – excluding Recreation Passport revenue – will be placed in a special sub-account in the Department of Natural Resources State Park Improvement Fund to administer, maintain and improve the park. The balance of that sub-account will transfer to the city upon lease termination. 

In a letter to the Emergency Loan Board dated Oct. 21, 2013, DNR Director Creagh clarified concerns raised by members of the Detroit City Council in a communication to the Loan Board on Oct. 14. Creagh’s letter:
Explained the need for an initial 30-year term in the lease. Creagh clarified that the 30-year term is crucial to securing grants and other funding streams for improvements on the island. Most state and federal grants require the applicant to have control of the property for a minimum of 20 years to 30 years.
Emphasized that the DNR, which has considerable expertise in managing historic sites – the state historian is housed within the DNR – will apply its expertise to Belle Isle, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Underscored the DNR’s commitment to families and youth. The DNR will maintain Belle Isle as a gathering place for families, including family reunions. In addition, the DNR operates programs that employ young people in state parks and recreation areas. The department intends to continue and expand those programs on Belle Isle.
Promised to undertake outreach efforts to Detroit-based businesses to help those businesses navigate the state’s bidding process.
Promised to work with Detroit agencies named by the council to make sure Detroit residents are given every opportunity to apply for jobs at the state-managed park.
Committed to undertaking improvements on the island as outlined in the lease.  
“We are excited to partner with the city, mayor and city council to help revitalize this important community gathering place,” said Creagh. “The Detroit region is important to Michigan’s long-term economic stability and tourism appeal. A revitalized Belle Isle will be a major player in that comeback.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 November 2013 )
Fall 2013 MiGO Scholarship Recipient
Written by Michigan Geocaching Organization   
Saturday, 19 October 2013

The Michigan Geocaching Organization is proud to announce Travis Catlin (xenocatlin), has been awarded The Susan Kay Schug Educational Scholarship for Fall 2013.  Travis is working towards a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Environmental Studies at Michigan Technological University.  Travis has been a MiGO member since August 2012.


Congratulations Travis!

For more information about this scholarship click on the MiGO Scholarship link in the left column.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 October 2013 )
Falling Waters Trail Day Appreciation
Written by Michigan Geocaching Organization   
Monday, 05 August 2013

MiGO received the following email and certificate from the Friends of the Falling Waters Trail.  We would like to say thanks to Stephen Fritz - Beenhere for representing MiGO at the first Falling Waters Trail Day event. 


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Last Updated ( Monday, 05 August 2013 )
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