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Elk Neck State Forest Opens Firewise Maryland Geocaching Trail

North East, Md. (March 13, 2012) ─ Elk Neck State Forest is now host to a fun, interactive geocaching trail that educates participants on the importance of wildfire prevention and safety through the program Firewise Maryland.

Firewise Maryland was developed by the Maryland Forest Service to teach citizens living within wooded areas susceptible to wildfires how to protect their homes. To promote this program, a geocaching trail with eight geocaches has been established on three tracts of the Elk Neck State Forest. Each geocache contains a guestbook, Firewise prizes and specific geocache cards. Individuals who successfully locate all eight specific geocache cards earn a Firewise Maryland certificate available at the Elk Neck State Forest office located on Irishtown Road, or by calling the office at 410-287-5675.

Geocaching is a fun, high-tech, treasure hunting game where participants use a GPS unit or smart phone to locate containers, called geocaches, hidden by other people. Geocaching is for people of all ages and helps establish a strong sense of community and build support for the environment.

To get started, visit dnr.state.md.us/forests/pdfs/FirewiseMDGeocachingTrail.pdf, download the geocaching questionnaire and follow the instructions under “How to Play.”  

For more information on the Firewise geocaching trail, call Elk Neck State Forest at 410-287-5675 or visit dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/elkneckforest.asp. To learn more about the Firewise Maryland program visit dnr.state.md.us/forests/fire/firewise.asp, or go to dnr.state.md.us/forests/county_map.asp for a list of phone numbers by county.


   March 13, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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