BEND, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is trying to get geocaches removed from wilderness and environmentally sensitive areas in Central Oregon.
Geocaches are the containers at the end of high-tech treasure hunts undertaken by hobbyists.
They use GPS devices or smartphones to track down the caches, which can contain log books, toys or knick-knacks. Typically, geocachers take something and leave something in the caches.
The Bend Bulletin reports the bureau has a policy nationwide to get man-made objects out of wilderness areas. That avoids paths getting beaten to popular caching sites.
In Central Oregon, bureau officials are working with geocachers to remove 84 containers, some seasonally.
Geocachers will be allowed to use virtual caches, which have coordinates leading to a particular rock, tree or vista.