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Geocaches may not be placed directly on mountain summits or right at an overlook.
No caches may be placed above the tree line.
All caches must be clearly marked "GEOCACHE".
All caches must be labeled with the cache owners real name and address as per NYS DEC Part 190.8.w.1
New York State parks are operated by one of two offices within the Department Of Conservation.
Geocaching is permitted with written approval from the Regional Wildlife Manager for that area as per this letter from the Director of Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources. Find your WMA region on this page and clicking on each region will take you to that regions web page. Contact information is on the right hand side of the regional page.
Reviewers will need a scanned copy of your letter of approval from the regional wildlife manager. The letter should be emailed to the reviewer with the GC code in the subject line.
Geocaching is not permitted in the Adirondack High Peaks Regions. This includes both Western High Peaks region (zone B) and the Eastern High Peaks region (zone C). Both high peaks regions may be identified on a DEC map here.
All cache placements must be per-approved by Saw Mill River Audubon before submitting for review. Contact Saw Mill River Audubon by email at email@example.com. Saw Mill River Audubon's eight sanctuaries are listed on our web site here: http://www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/sanctuaries.html
The New York Long Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has implemented a geocaching permit program requiring all geocaches placed on Nature Conservancy preserves to hold a geocaching permit. Click here to download a list of Long Island Nature Conservancy lands. A permit including their guidelines may be downloaded here or obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Cold Spring Harbor office at (631)367-3225.
Before a cache may be place in Black Rock Forest permission must be granted by the preserve office. Text noting permission and who granted it must be clearly displayed on the cache page.
While Winnakee Land Trust welcomes geocaching as a recreational activity within their properties, they have to respect the ecological integrity of the land they are protecting. Through numerous conversations among their Easement Committee and Board of Directors, they have decided that any geocache within the Preserve or Park must be within 5 feet of the trail. they also request that all new geocache locations be reviewed by Land Projects Manager, Winnakee Land Trust, Inc. email@example.com (845)876-4213 ext. 3. Text indicating permission has been received shall be displayed on the cache page.
Caches may be placed on property managed by Scenic Hudson if their guidelines are followed and the site is per-approved by Scenic Hudson. To request permission and obtain a permit to place a geocache on Scenic Hudson property contact Carley Maneely, Parks and Trails Coordinator, 845 473 4440.
To place a cache on Teatown Lake Reservation one must first visit the park office. All cache pages must state "all geocachers must check in to the administration building before seeking the cache and the administration building is open dawn to dusk daily".
All geocache placements must be per-approved by Chris Mignone Recreation Coordinator before placing. Chris may be reached by phone at 914-835-4466.
Geocaches may be placed in Genesee County Parks and Forest or Dewitt Recreation Area with a geocache permit.
Forms: Clarkson permit application
Before a cache may be placed anywhere along the 990 miles of trails maintained by the Finger Lakes Trail Conference one must obtain written permission from the land owner. A copy of the FLTC geocaching rules may be downloaded in pdf format here (1.45 meg file). The application alone may be downloaded here( 3.8 meg file).
Permission must be obtained from the park manager before a cache is placed. Each cache submitted for review must contain a reviewer note containing the name, title/position and contact information of the person granting permission.
Geocaches may be placed in cemeteries but must be placed around the perimeter respectfully away from any graves, in a maintenance area or an undeveloped area. They may not be placed within the interior of the cemetery or among the graves.
All geocaches must be available to everyone. The parks and property listed below are members only, residence only or in general not open to everyone. As such geocaches may not be placed in them.
Albany Pine Bush
Finger Lakes Land Trust properties
Mianus Gorge Preserve
NYC Department of Enviromental Protection (D.E.P.) properties.
Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall
Rist Wildlife Sanctuary
Strawberry Fields Conservancy in Central Park
Tymore Park, Union Vale