The Commissioners made it very clear that the first mandate of the Preserve is preservation. The Commission is not going to allow any activity which involves going off-trail. They are also quite open about the fact that they are going to avoid setting any precedent that risks opening a wider door in the future. By that reasoning, they hold that even a cache that is right next to the trail is still off-trail. They are also opposed to having any contemporary non-natural objects within the preserve, except for those placed for such reasons as safety, directions, etc. Those are their major reasons behind their denial of reconsideration, as best as I am able to summarize them.
I would urge any of you who have placed caches within the Preserve to remove them soon. My best guess is that there will be a not very long grace period before confiscation efforts begin.
Team Tierra Buena