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Chapter 12 - Special Management Area Descriptions
South Sierra Management Area

Granite Cave

Granite Cave and the encompassing area consist of approximately 5 acres of Federal surface and subsurface. The cave is recognized by the Native Americans to have religious and Traditional Lifeway Values. To protect the sensitive nature of the cave, its location is withheld from public disclosure, pursuant to National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, Section 304.

The area is characterized by Pinyon Pine Juniper Woodland located on the northern slopes of the Piute Mountains, which overlook the community of South Lake.

Objective   Manage Granite Cave for protection of its cultural resource and Native American traditional lifeway values, and its microclimate and natural environ including the bats.

Management Prescriptions

The SMA is open for the leasing of oil, gas and geothermal resources subject to NSU stipulation.

Support Actions

Conduct systematic maintenance to the cave gate and sign.

Legal Description

Portions within T. 26 S., R. 33 E., MDB&M

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