Update: IDNR Policy Groundspeak Notification

I thought I would share the email being sent by Groundspeak to those people who have geocaches on Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources Property.  I still have no issues with the policy changes.  I guess I’m a silly old Eagle Scout and think that rules are rules (even when they aren’t enforced) so I’m sitting on a nice puzzle cache that I don’t believe follows the new rules.  I have eliminated the email addresses just to be kind knowing this is a heated topic, and neither Groudspeak nor the DNR need to be overwhelmed with emails.


You have been identified as having a cache placed on one of the properties owned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). For this reason we are notifying you of a new policy that will be put into place by the IDNR in November. You can find the new policy and permit instructions listed on the IDNR website here: http://www.in.gov/dnr/7488.htm

The policy requires all physical containers on IDNR property to have a permit. The new permits will be effective for one year from the date issued and must be renewed each year. The policy also includes some placement restrictions, such as prohibiting caches on IDNR properties of less than 200 acres.

On November 6th, to comply with the new policy, Groundspeak will archive caches placed on properties owned by IDNR. As a cache owner, you will have 30 days from this date – to acquire a new permit, which will then allow your cache to be unarchived

As a CO,

here’s what you need to do:

Submit the completed permit application (link above) to Smokeydbear@in.gov.

If the application is approved, you will be issued an IDNR permit.

Email a copy of the IDNR permit to one of your local reviewers within 30 days of Nov 6th and your cache will be unarchived.

If you acquire your permit after 30 days of November 6th, you will need to submit a new cache listing to Groundspeak with a copy of your permit to one of your locale reviewers. Please note: Caches will not be unarchived if you have not submitted a valid permit to your Indiana reviewer by December 6, 2012.

If you have any questions please send an email to poisondartfrogs@geoboxes.org Attention: Signal

We will be happy to answer any questions that we can.

Best regards,


About Bruce

I am cartoonist by night and public school teacher by day. After introducing caching to my wife in 2005 I was left in the dust and in decided to assist Cecil-Evil GeoCaching Monkey on his quest for world domination (in 2009 my wife requested I no longer log any caches under "our" name). I have taken Cecil caching around the country (& England) to many events and have even picked up the Triad (& have the coin to prove it). One of my favorite caches is "Get A Life" GCZJ5Z in the same vein I also enjoyed getting Batman's Batcave & The Gorn's Lair.
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