Conservation Task Forces
What is a Task Force?
NSS Conservation Task Forces, under the coordination of the NSS Conservation Division, focus on local cave and karst conservation issues. A CTF is a great way to gather like-minded people and make things happen in support of caves and karst systems.
A CTF may tackle a significant cave vandalism problem, or work alongside landowners and civic leaders to clean up a groundwater pollution source, or take on habitat restoration in a cave environment to enable species recovery, or promote UnderEarth Conservation during annual Earh Day activities.
CTFs may take on specific project that could take a year or two to complete, an ongoing project or series of projects that continue and maintain conservation year after year.
Since the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988 was passed, more CTFs are being recognized by local agencies as primary representatives of the caving community on conservation issues.
CTFs Make a Difference
Many caves no longer have unsightly boot prints where they don’t belong! Vandalized stalagmites have been rejoined! In some areas more caves are being restored than are being vandalized—conservationists are gaining!
Through CTFs, residents in karst areas are learning the use of current best management practices to curtail and prevent pollution and excessive siltation of cave systems. Members of CTFs are helping to manage caves on behalf of public and private landowners.
Establish a CTF
Become involved with a CTF, or if you have a potential long-term project, form a CTF in your area with like-minded people. With a CTF Team, you can make a difference!
If you are already involved in a cave or karst conservation project, and think your work would benefit from CTF designation, contact CTF Coordinator.
Jonathan Beard, CTF Coordinator (MO)
Caves and karst systems touch our lives quietly and subtly, as well as dramaticly and obviously. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind holes in the ground contain important resources of value that are worthy of ongoing attention!
Caves Need Protection
Cave walls, floors, ceilings and habitats are easily damaged. Caves hold fragile, irreplaceable natural and cultural features, including vital groundwater resources. We need to stop cave damage caused by vandals and uniformed visitors.