News from the DNR Office of Communications

Maryland Celebrating International Year of Forests through Geocaching

Annapolis, Md. (April 25, 2011) — Maryland is currently celebrating International Year of Forests (IYOF) with an interactive GPS tour called the IYOF Big Tree Geocache. Currently underway, this is an opportunity for forest and geocaching enthusiasts to view some of the biggest trees in Maryland.

“The intent of the IYOF Big Tree Geocache is to get families outside and realize the important roles trees play in our everyday lives while having a great time,” said State Forester Steve Koehn. “Trees are very important. They protect water quality, clean our air, provide jobs and supply important wildlife habitat.”

The tour was launched in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly’s declaration of 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness of sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Organizations throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed are using this opportunity to celebrate trees with citizens and offer awareness on the benefits of healthy forests.

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. Visit to learn more and view Geocaching experiences others have shared.

The IYOF Big Tree Geocache can be found on listed under the username “ChesapeakeForester.” More caches will be added throughout the year. Visit for more information on IYOF and more ways to celebrate IYOF in your area. Visit the Maryland Forest Service online at

   April 25, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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