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Protected Natural Features
A category in which to record natural features publicly designated for their outstanding merit and accessible to the public.
Expanded Description:
According to Wikipedia, "A natural monument is a natural or natural/cultural feature of outstanding or unique value because of its inherent rarity, representative of aesthetic qualities ...". This category is concerned only with natural features. For example, this will include locations such as sand dunes other geologic features and marine features, along with unique or representative flora. For this category, it is important that the feature be publicly designated for its outstanding merit.

As there is already a category for U.S. National Natural Landmarks locations that fit that category will not be allowed in this one.

Locations which will be accepted in this category include, but are not limited to :

  • Naturdenkmäler (Germany)
  • Pomnik przyrody (Poland)
  • Other natural monuments / features / landmarks (geological, botanical, or pertaining to natural history) designated by well-established governmental or private organizations

We are interested in learning about other types of designated natural features in all countries of the world. Don't hesitate to contact the category leader if you have one to add to the list.

The qualifications for a site to be listed in this category are fairly precise so the posting instructions should be followed carefully in order to avoid any waymark being rejected.

REVIEWERS PLEASE NOTE : Waymarks which are declined must be justified in referring explicitly to some violation of the requirements given below. Revisions to these criteria will be made to resolve any ambiguous cases. When in doubt, please put the waymark up for a vote.

Also, keep in mind that descriptions may be completely written in the local language (Please use an on-line translator in this case to review the waymark.)

Instructions for Posting a Protected Natural Features Waymark:

  1. QUALIFYING SITES: To qualify as a waymark in this site the natural feature and the organization responsible for its designation must be well documented on the internet and the link between the two verifiable by the reviewer.
  2. COORDINATES: Personally obtained coordinates must be taken as follows from a point as close to the feature as possible.
  3. PHOTOS: At minimum one daylight photo is required which clearly captures the essence of the feature within any imposed spatial limitations. Additional photos are encouraged, preferably with the most aesthetically pleasing one as the default photo :

    While we don't expect professional photography, waymarks submitted with underexposed, blurred, skewed or otherwise poor quality photos may be declined.

    All photos must be the waymarker's original photos and be placed in the photo gallery for the waymark.

  4. DESCRIPTIONS: Keep in mind that the quick description is what people see when browsing, so do your best to give a succinct description that will give people an "at a glance" overview of the waymark.

    Bi-lingual descriptions of sites located in non-English speaking countries are encouraged in order to open the hobby to non-English speakers.

    Further to this point, descriptions may be written completely in the local language.

    In the long description, include any relevant or informative information about the responsible organization and the reasons why this place has been singled out for special designation.

  5. VARIABLES: Please make a good faith effort to provide the information for the variables. Most are not required as they may not apply in all instances.
  6. WAYMARK NAME: The waymark title must include the full official name of the feature followed by a dash and the closest community located near it (city, township, village, named place, etc.) and the State, Province or country separated by a comma must be at the end of each waymark name using the following format. (Two letter state abbreviations are preferred for U.S. sites but please spell out country names). Example: Echo Lake Nature Preserve - Negaunee, IL

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
In your log, consider answering the question "What brought you to this place?".

A complete sentence or two or an uploaded photo taken by the waymarker will be required in the log to confirm that the logger is participating in the hobby in good faith. Logs of only a few words like "Visited it" without an original photo are subject to deletion.
Category Settings:
  • Waymarks can be added to this category
  • New waymarks of this category are reviewed by the category group prior to being published
  • Category is not visible in the directory
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