Cave & Karst Outreach, Partners, & Links


BLM cooperates with the various land managing agencies on cave- and karst-related issues. The primary land managing Federal Agencies cooperate via a national level Interagency Agreement between the BLM, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, and National Park Service (click here to see this interagency agreement). However, the BLM also works with other agencies such as the Defense Department, and State and Local Governments as requested on specific projects or issues.

 
The BLM Cave and Karst Program relies on volunteers and other partners for most of its on-the-ground cave management. The BLM maintains a national level Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Speleological Society (NSS) and the Cave Research Foundation (CRF). Additional Cooperative Management Agreements (CMAs) and Cooperative Agreements (CAs) at the State and local level clarify how these cooperators work with the BLM and the types of projects for which they provide assistance.
 
The BLM Cave and Karst Program also works with many of the organizations listed below to promote BLM’s cave and karst management objectives and policies. 
 
American Cave Conservation Association The American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA) is a national, non-profit association dedicated to the protection of caves, karst lands and groundwater.
 
American Cave Museum – The American Cave Museum and Hidden River Cave are open year-round and are located in the town of Horse Cave, Kentucky; 502-786-1466; 131 Main Street, Horse Cave, KY.
 
Biospeleology This website contains information on cave life and numerous links to other similar sites.
 
Cave Research Foundation The goals of the Cave Research Foundation are to promote exploration and documentation of caves and karst areas; to initiate and support cave and karst research; to aid in cave conservation and protection; and to assist with the interpretation of caves and karst.
 
Caver's Multi-Lingual Dictionary International Union of Speleology on-line multi-lingual dictionary of caving and speleological terms. It is a living dictionary that is constantly updated as an International joint effort among cavers.
 
Caving Canada An all-inclusive site for Canadian caving.
 
Caving UK A comprehensive site for United Kingdom caving.
 
International Union of Speleology  The Union Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS) is the international body for caving and speleology. Formed in 1965, its voting members consist of a delegate from each member country.
 
Karst Waters Institute (KWI) As well as publishing the newsletter The Conduit, KWI issues other special publications.
 
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics  A non-profit organization that promotes seven principles designed to reduce damage caused by outdoor activities.
 
National Cave & Karst Research Institute Part of the U.S. National Park Service, the National Cave and Karst Research Institute facilitates speleological research, enhances public education, and promotes environmentally-sound cave and karst management.
 
National Caves Association Founded in 1965, the National Caves Association, is a non-profit organization of publicly- and privately-owned show caves developed for public visitation.
 
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – NOLS is a leader in wilderness education and focuses on wilderness skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.
 
National Park Service Caves The National Park Service cave/karst website managed out of the NPS Geologic Resources Division.

National Speleological Society The National Speleological Society was founded to advance the study, conservation, and exploration of caves. With more than 12,000 members, clubs nation-wide conduct regular meetings to coordinate activities with may include cave mapping and exploration.

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats – The BLM is working to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome.

World Cave Database A database of long and deep caves from all around the world.