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CONNETICUITSTATE OF CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BUREAU OF OUTDOOR RECREATION, STATE PARKS DIVISION POLICY/PROCEDURE #312 October 31, 2002 Revised 3/4/2008 SUBJECT: METAL DETECTION – COLLECTING GUIDELINES SECTION INDEX: I. USE OF METAL DETECTION DEVICES I. USE OF METAL DETECTION DEVICES The use of metal detection devices is permitted on land under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Protection under the following conditions: 1. The activity shall be limited to surface collection except at beach areas where digging is permitted in sand areas devoid of vegetation. However no collecting or digging will be allowed in areas of sand dunes adjoining the beach area proper. Digging must be done by hand with all motorized devices prohibited. All holes dug must be refilled immediately before the collector leaves the site. 2. The use of metal detection devices will only be permitted when the beach is not being used by the public for other purposes. 3. Persons using a metal detector are required to use a trash apron to store all materials found. The collector may retain articles found, except items of a personal nature such as jewelry and watches, which must be turned into the manager in charge. Any material the collector does not wish to retain shall be placed in a waste receptacle. 4. No specific permit is required at this time. 5. Staff may close any area to this activity for purposes of maintaining visitor safety and/or preserving significant artifactual remains. The use of metal detectors is prohibited at the following state park areas: AirlineTrailState Park—Colchester IndustrialMonument—North Canaan BluffPointState Park—Groton Lovers Leap State Park—New Milford ContinentalArmyHospital Memorial—West Hartford Mashamoquet Brook—Pomfret Dinosaur—Rocky Hill Macedonia Brook—Kent Ft.Griswold Battlefield—Groton Putnam Memorial—Reading Ft.Trumbull—New London SouthfordFallsState Park—Southbury GayCity—Hebron Stoddard Hill Boating Access—Ledyard GilletteCastle—East Haddam (prohibition includes all of the park property adjacent to the CT River.)
4. Use of metal detectors at historic sites is prohibited. Metal detectors are allowed in other areas only by written permit obtained at the park.
Regulations governing the use of metal detectors on Massachusetts State Forests and Parks property:
No Person shall use or offer to use metal detectors on Department property except at the discretion of the area Supervisor on designated swimming beaches and designated campsites. The Director may issue a special use permit authorizing archaeologically-related or geologically related activities.
Res 7301.19 Metal Detectors.
(a) Metal detectors shall be permitted along the shoreline of state park beaches and at athletic fields, playgrounds, and 25 feet from picnic tables and pavilions, unless otherwise posted.
(b) No person shall use metal detectors at state historic sites, including Odiorne Point state park.
(c) Money or items found whose value is in excess of $5.00 shall be reported to the park manager or regional supervisor.
4.3 Metal detectors and other location devices are restricted to designated areas during specified time periods.
The use of metal detectors is permitted only in areas designated by the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation and when their use does not conflict with other visitors to Department lands, or disturb lawn areas, rare or fragile plant or animal habitats or archeologically sensitive areas. Users must report to authorized personnel before using a metal detector. Probing in permitted areas may be done only with a small hand tool to a maximum depth of three (3) inches. Any artifacts which may have historical or archeological significance are the property of the State of Vermont and shall be surrendered immediately to authorized personnel. All disturbed areas must be restored to their original state. Use of metal detectors is prohibited in areas of obvious historic significance, e.g., cellar holes, stonewalls, etc.