It's basically a game of hide and seek, but the worldwide phenomenon known as geocaching is about to join a very serious effort in Ada County, Idaho.
The county's Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement Department is recruiting tech-savvy and geographically knowledgeable geocachers to help pinpoint new and expanding infestations of noxious weeds before they get a chance to do real damage.
These are folks who use hand-held Global Positioning System units and detailed maps to find caches others have hidden. Many are in hard-to-locate rural areas, but tiny caches are often placed right in the heart of urban and residential areas.
"It is a different group in the community and we hope they are interested," said Jacob Mundt, the weed department's operations manager.
About 20 of the 64 noxious weeds in Idaho can be found in Ada County.
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