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November 2013

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Johanna Kovarik 740 Simms Street Golden, CO, 80401, USA AbstractThe United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service) manages caves, karst systems, and associated resources on over 780,000 square kilometres of public land. The management of these resources is mandated by the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act (FCRPA) of 1988 and other federal acts, and is guided by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Forest Service Manual (FSM). The FCRPA and its implementing regulations at 36 CFR Part 290 - Cave Resources Management provide the framework for management guidance in the FSM. Known caves and karst areas occur in over 100 National Forests and Grasslands, and over 2,200 significant caves have been identified to date, often with the assistance of partners such as the National Speleological Society and Cave Research Foundation. Open Access - Permission by Publisher See Extended description for more information.





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