by Mike Mansur
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.
I began caving with my Father in 1968 in Vermont, and became a Life Member of the NSS in 1985. I began my cave restoration experience in 1986 at the Carlsbad Caverns Restoration Field Camp with Rich Wolfert as the project leader. I was the project leader for the 1995 Carlsbad Caverns Restoration Field Camp. Since 1986 I have led and/or participated in dozens of volunteer work trips including cave restoration, formation repair, mineral inventory, surveying, impact mapping, helium study, and science trips in Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns, and many Guads caves. I was the trip leader of the survey team in Lechuguilla Cave on March 31, 1991, when Emily [Davis] unfortunately broke her leg. I am also currently the project leader for the Lechuguilla Cave Restoration Project, and the Cottonwood Cave Formation Repair and Restoration Project.