This is the pilot for a series of online modules that explore current best practices in cave conservation and restoration. Expanding from the philosophies and techniques described in our peer-reviewed volume, Cave Conservation and Restoration (Hildreth-Werker and Werker, NSS 2006),each module teaches minimum-impact methods focused on specific tasks to mitigate anthropogenic impacts in caves.
An Introduction to the Cave Conservation and Management Section
Decades of human visitation into caves have caused moderate to severe impacts. We have been actively working on restoration and formation repairs in Carlsbad Caverns, and Lechuguilla, Cottonwood, Virgin, Hidden, Black, and Little Manhole Caves. I will be summarizing those efforts, as well as introducing some of my new inventions to facilitate formation repairs.
By Ferdinando Didonna The use of natural and artificial hypogea as illegal landfills is unfortunately a widespread phenomenon. Damage caused to the karst environment and to deep water resources is incalculable. Puliamo il Buio (Clean Up the Dark) initiative of the Italian Speleological Society (SSI), now in its 15th edition, aims to bring a light into the dark and report …
This presentation shows how conservation education can be integrated with traditional school subjects to create a program that meets the needs of teachers and students, with the added benefit of inspiring students to care about cave conservation. Additionally, this presentation features video footage of in-person programs conducted just prior to the pandemic, providing an inside view of the conservation education work done by CaveSim.
White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a deadly introduced fungal disease that has led to deaths of millions of North American bats since it was first documented in 2006. Since this first documentation, the deadly disease has spread rapidly in all directions and has caused a precipitous decline in North American cavernicolous bat populations…
A proposed treatment for white-nose syndrome (WNS) involves the application of UV‑C light to cave surfaces to kill the causative agent of WNS, the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Our goal is to determine if such treatment will have detrimental effects on native cave bacteria due to its high energy level output. Partnering with the NPS, we cultured bacteria from caves in Lava Beds National Monument (California), Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, and Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky).
Before tunnel and trail construction began at Kartchner Caverns State Park, a development team spent years monitoring the cave’s natural microclimate and inhabitants, while also researching other tour caves. This research culminated in a careful development process, using baseline data and lessons learned from other tour caves to minimize impact. One aspect of this process was the future mitigation of lint build-up, both along tour trails and deeper in the cave. The development team put systems in place in order to prevent a large-scale lint problem: systems to prevent lint, to manage lint, and to clean up lint.