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Cave and Karst Management

Exhibit 2 - Cave Entrance Inventory

Inventory procedures consist of identifying cave locations and noting each cave’s contents, significance, hazards associated with its exploration, and other specific information. Individuals experienced in caving using standard criteria can best accomplish uniformity of interpretation.

Cave number: Each cave should be numbered in sequence as discovered or historically listed in the park files. (Example: park acronym + type (C for cave, LT for lava tube, etc.) + number: GUMO C-01 or ELMA LT-01.)

Cave name: When a cave has an established name, this should be retained.

Cave markers: A brass cap may be set at the entrance of each cave. The cave number should be stamped on the cap.

Cave Location Maps: Each cave will be plotted on a mylar overlay as part of the park’s 7.5 minute RBI/Ecosystem map series. Since confidentiality of cave locations is critical to the protection of cave resources, the maps will not be available for public viewing and are protected from disclosure through Freedom of Information Act requests by the FCRPA. A circle will designate cave locations. Cave numbers will be shown on the map. Cave locations should be incorporated into the park GIS.

Individual Cave Files: A file for each cave will be maintained separately from the regular files. Each cave file should contain as much of the following information as possible:

  1. When the cave was found.
  2. Identity of individual who found the cave.
  3. List of people present at the discovery.
  4. How the cave was located.
  5. How and why the cave was named.
  6. A topographical map of the area, showing the location of the cave.
  7. Directions for reaching the cave entrance and the approximate time to get there from the park office.
  8. Detailed descriptions of known hazards present within the cave and/or in reaching the cave entrance, including recommended equipment and procedures for reaching, entering, and exploring the cave.
  9. Detailed descriptions of major features of the cave, including speleothems, fauna, flora, biological, hydrological, geological, archeological, ethnographic, paleontological, etc.
  10. Recommendations on type and amount of use restrictions.
  11. Map of the cave, including plan view, vertical section, and all survey computation notes.
  12. Photographs showing the cave’s entrance and at least the cave’s major areas and features: notation will include the photographer and the date the photographs were taken.
  13. Trip reports of all visits, including date, participants, purpose, and other observations.
  14. Permanent record listing date of each cave entry and number of cavers on each trip.
  15. Bibliography of published papers, photos, and trip reports.

Cave Contents Inventory: Inventory items should be attached to the nearest survey station, not to exceed 50 feet. They should be stored in a database accessible to GIS applications. The inventory contents should include speleothems, mineralogy, biology, paleontology, historical/cultural items, hazards, etc.

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