Geocaching on US Corps of Engineers land at Falls and Jordan Lakes.

The US Corps of Engineers owns the land around both Falls and Jordan Lakes; however, in most places the land is leased by the State of North Carolina and the Wildlife Resource Commission, which have their own geocaching policies.

However, the areas near the dam at both lakes is land managed by the US Corps of Engineers.  For any future caches placed on USCOE land, USCOE have requested they are contacted and given the ability to review the cache location for approval on receipt of a free permit application developed with us. They  want to ensure that caches are not placed in any restricted areas such as the dam, the emergency spillway, etc. All existing caches will be given permits.

Geocachers who have questions, or as directed by the NC Volunteer Reviewers, or want to place a cache on USCOE managed land can contact jonathan.j.paull@usace.army.mil (Natural Resources Specialist, 919-846-9332 x232 (Falls) or  919-542-4501 x35 (Jordan)). A permit application form is available at http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Portals/59/docs/recreation/jordanlake/Geocache%20Permit%20Fillable.pdf … which can be filled out online, or mailed/faxed in.

The USCOE is excited to support Geocaching around Falls and Jordan Lakes and have also begun to place some caches at Falls Lake to enhance their recreation program around the dam. NCGO will provide informational leaflets for the Visitor centers.

www.facebook.com/JordanLakeNC  and http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/B._Everett_Jordan_Lake_Map.png (pink areas on this map)

www.facebook.com/FallsLakeNC  and http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=k705800

 

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2014-2015 Steering Committee Elected

Congratulations to the newly elected Steering Committee members!

The top vote getter in each region is elected as well as two more candidates with the next highest vote counts.

Presenting,
From the East region, Team Yo Mama and Ranger TJ
From the Central region, Motrin Man and mnloon
From the West region, Failed Apparatus

We are looking forward to working with all of you over the next 2 years.

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2014 Election Open

We want to remind you of a few simple rules.
1) You MUST be a member of the NCGO website forums to have your vote count in this election and you MUST use the same name you are registered at NCGO on this survey (which may not be the same id you have on the Groundspeak website).
2) You MUST currently reside in North Carolina to have your vote count in this election.
3) You MUST ONLY vote for ONE person from the same NCGO region that you live in. You may NOT vote for representatives from any other region.

ANY votes found not to comply with these rules or found to be sock puppet votes will be discarded.

The three NCGO regions are comprised of the following counties.
West:
Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, Yancy

Central:
Alamance, Anson, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Vance, Wake, Warren

East:
Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, Wilson

This year, we have separate surveys for each of the regions.
Go to the appropriate link below based on your NC county of residence and cast your ballot.

West Region Survey
Central Region Survey
East Region Survey

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Nomination Period for NCGO Steering Committee

Nomination Period for NCGO Steering Committee Will Open on November 30

Nominations for election to the North Carolina Geocachers Organization Steering Committee will be accepted from November 30, 2013 through 11:59pm, December 13, 2013.

Last year, we consolidated our regions into East, Central and West and changed to a Steering Committee (SC) rather than individually elected offices so that everyone was an equal partner. See the region map at the end of this post.

To try out this new formula, we elected SC members for a term of only 1 year last time. We are now going to change that to a 2-year term as specified in our bylaws. The term of office will be from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.
Regions have been simplified into West, Central and East.

Once again, 5 Steering Committee members will be elected, 1 from each region. The 2 people with the next highest vote totals from any region will serve as at-large members of the SC. The SC will share duties and will do the bulk of the work running NCGO’s day-to-day activities. This includes setting up regional events and responding to most regional land manager and media queries while also working with the involved Board of Directors member when appropriate. However, the SC has the freedom to decide how to divide up the work and could alternate taking point on the various activities throughout their terms depending upon interest, time available and other factors.

As in past years, in order to vote, you must be a resident of North Carolina.
To run for office, you must be a resident of North Carolina and you must also have been a member of North Carolina Geocachers Organization for at least 1 year as of January 1, 2014. Nominations and elections are by region so a person must be nominated for the region in which they reside.

You can use a thread that will be posed in our forums to nominate any qualified individual, including yourself. For private nominations, send your nomination to “nomination @ ncgeocachers.org“. Don’t forget to indicate what region (West, Central or East) you are nominating the person for. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged if you are interested in running for office. We ask that you NOT use Facebook to submit nominations. There are so many different Facebook groups and pages we might miss it so only use our forum or the email address above.
Take a moment to read our bylaws if you want to know more about the officer duties. Article V – Executive Committee will be most helpful – it lists the duties of each elected officer.

When someone is nominated, we will contact that person to notify him/her of the nomination. If interested in running, a nominee must let us know before the end of the nomination period so that we can add them to the ballot before the election period begins.
The election period is scheduled for December 14, 2013 through December 23, 2013.

More information on the actual election will follow but we plan to use an online survey tool as we did last year.

This is an opportunity for people who have the time and interest to help NCGO do even more for the geocaching community of North Carolina. As an added perk, you’ll be working with some great people from all over the state – we hope you’ll give it some consideration!

NCGO Region Map

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Mount Airy Museum of Regional History “Geocaching for History” program

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield and a NC Humanities grant, there is a new cache series in town! This series, the “Geocaching for History” program, was researched and placed by the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. The goal of this program is to encourage physical activity and exploration of the history of our community.

Check out the NC caches here:
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

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NC Coastal Preserve and Geocaching

Geocaching has a friend in the NC Coastal Reserve– their Preserve Manager has clarified that NC Coastal Reserve encourages environmental recreation and is very familiar and supportive of the hobby. They manage such areas as Kitty Hawk Woods, the Rachel Carson Reserve and the  Currituck Banks Reserve near Corolla .

Due to the sensitive areas, permission is required (contact below) and dedicated owner maintenance required.

Contact:  Hope Sutton, 910-960-2998 suttonhs@uncw.edu

http://www.nccoastalreserve.net/

 

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New Mecklenburg County Park Geocaching/Letterboxing Policy.

There is a new permit system in place for the Mecklenburg County Park system.  

http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/StewardshipServices/Documents/MCPR%20Geocaching%20Policy%20-%202.13.13.pdf

 

As always, look here for the most up to date geocaching policies in NC: https://wiki.groundspeak.com/display/GEO/North%20Carolina

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