This cache was created by the Pokagon State Park Interpretive Staff. The mission of the Indiana State Park Interpretive Services is to provide information and interpretive experiences with Indiana's natural and cultural resources to visitors, staff, and a diverse public. As per the IDNR Geocaching Policy, this geocache is not in an IDNR dedicated Nature Preserve and has been permitted.
Begin your journey at the above coordinates. The usual State Park admission is required ($1.00 bicycle, $4.00 in-state weekday, $5.00 weekend, or $7.00 out of state vehicles).
At the first set of coordinates you will find four laminated cards stapled to four different species of trees within 20 feet. These trees are:
- White Ash, Fraxinus americana
- Black Cherry, Prunus serotina
- Shagbark Hickory, Carya ovata
- American Basswood, Tilia americana
Using some of the information on the webpages linked below, you will need to identify and use the coordinates that are attached to the White Ash Tree, as they will take you to the cache container. All of your coordinates to choose from are located approximately 18 inches from the ground. If you choose one of the other coordinates, they will lead you somewhere... just not to a cache container!
Most tree ID is done with leaves, but the bark can be just as useful, if not more accurate since they do not vary as much.
This site shows Ash tree bark:
Ash Tree Bark
This site shows Black Cherry bark:
Black Cherry Tree Bark
This site shows Shagbark Hickory bark:
This site shows American Basswood bark:
American Basswood Bark
At the final stage you will find a special hidden ammo box which contains many Emerald Ash Borer related materials, including EAB tattoos and magnetic bumper stickers! You shouldn't have to do any bushwacking to enjoy this cache.
Don't forget to visit the Emerald Ash Borer website for all the information regarding this pest that is threatening to destroy all the ash trees in the United States. If you are camping, do not bring firewood, as 30% of Pokagon's forests are ash!
Emerald Ash Borer Info Page
EAB in Indiana Page
Have fun, and be safe! -Pokagon Nature Center
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