Hey Geocachers and Letterboxers . . . Join me in planting 2 new caches or boxes every time
the Jackass (AKA Forest Defender) "kills" one.
I appreciate you providing a place for folks to post messages to this "Forest Defender", but would hope that anyone posting here would try to take the high road.I replied to the "Oh My Gosh!..." post as a way to hoping to reach FD, but nearly decided to try another route.Come on, folks, let's be the adults in this matter.
"Forest Defender" is nothing of the sort. She is a common thief and not a very bright one. For one her actions could actually increase what little damage these caches cause as geocachers search longer and wider for a cache that is not there."Forest Defender" is also being incredibly short sighted. We are raising a generation that has little connection to the outdoors. Video games, TV and organized sports are their focus and there is little "wandering of the woods" the way previous generations did.These forests are nothing more than a resource for the timber, oil and gas industries. The only thing standing in their way are those who love these places and speak out for them.A generation from now who will be there to speak out? Certainly not people who have little first hand knowledge of and no appreciation for the forests.What geocaching does is get families and kids off the couch, out from in front of the television set or computer game and into the outdoors, where they are likely to develop an appreciation for them. Geocaching will help create a new generation of true forest defenders. If Forest Defender was truly that she'd be out there doing everything she can, including planting her own geocaches to encourage families to get outdoors to ensure that there will be someone speak for the forests when she is gone.If there is a geocache that is causing damage to a sensitive area she should document it and work with the cache owner or the land manager to address it. Ironically her photos actually show minimal, if any damageto the areas surrounding the caches she is stealing.Better yet she should focus her energies on the true enemies of the forest and not worry so much about one rotting stump.She is truly one who can't see the forest for the trees.-Brian Sniatkowski
Hey Forest Defender! Guess what? Us letterboxers at Atlasquest just had International Plant a Letterbox Day! Know what that means? We just planted about 59 boxes for every box that you took from us.-Bookworm NTH
ForestDefender,Thank you for removing my two caches that where placed on private land with the owners approval. By doing so, you stole private property. I had been meaning to check on these caches the past two weeks and your action has reminded me to do so. I will be replacing them and adding two more, I will name them in your honor.
Maybe it's time for caches and boxes to go underground, the way letterboxing was for most of its history (people passed clues to friends in taverns). I will say that some caches DO cause more trampling than is necessary because of how the game works (once you get to the coordinates you just have to walk around looking everywhere). In most areas this really is not a big deal. Letterboxes are different. Ideally, once the letterboxer gets to the correct location, there should be no question as to exactly where the box is, and no need to trample vegetation looking around. Also, there are far fewer people who letterbox. A new geocache in my area might get 30 to 50 visitors the first year, while a letterbox might get 5 to 10. So a letterbox usually has much less of an impact on the surrounding vegetation than a geocache, and it's just bizarre when people like this so-called Forest Defender or Parks personnel treat letterboxing as some variant of geocaching.