When caching use appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and restoring degraded areas. Here is a brief list of guidelines to get you thinking in the right direction.
· Build a relationship with local land owners or land management agencies, to ensure minimal impact of cache placement.
· Avoid burying a cache in the ground.
· It is the cache owner’s responsibility to maintain the cache and the surrounding area. If a cache’s area is impacted, confer with the land manager on how you will mitigate the impacts and seek their advice as to whether to relocate the cache.
· Never place food items in a cache.
· Don’t modify the environment for any reason, even when hiding a cache.
· Use maps to find a route that will minimize impacts. Note waypoints during your journey to assist you on your return trip.
· If you notice a path has started to wear in the vicinity of a cache, notify the cache owner via email.
· Practice the “lift, look, replace” technique if you lift a rock to look under it. Replace it exactly as you found it.
· After you’ve finished searching for a cache, the area should look as though you were never there or better than when you arrived.