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Cave & Karst


Caves and karst resources are important geologic resources that require special management because they support critical groundwater systems and unique biological communities. They also provide information about climate change, human history, paleontological resources, and minerals.  In addition, unstable ground associated with karst terrain can pose hazards to human health and safety.


The Forest Service manages caves and karst resources in keeping with the 1988 Federal Cave Resources Protection act and in accordance with the multiple use mission of the agency.

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