SENSITIVE CAVE PROTECTION & RESTORATION
Except as noted, all work detailed below was conducted entirely by volunteers, mostly cavers concerned for the welfare of
the subject caves.
2010 - The CCC entered into a public/government/conservancy partnership to assist with
cave management and educational programs at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park on
Vancouver Island, BC. To see the progress on this work, just follow this link:
Horne Lake Caves Project
2009 – The CCC provided funds for the purchase of concrete to plug an unauthorized entry
into Renaissance Cave. Entry had been gained by digging through a nearby sink, bypassing
the existing gate. The cave has subsequently suffered serious damage. Concrete and metal
reinforcing material were installed in the excavation to plug the illegal entry and protect the
cave from further damage.
2008 – The CCC paid the expenses to gate Liquid Sky, a
vulnerable cave with fragile speleothems that was
assessed by local cavers to be at risk from vandalism.
The funds covered gate materials & the services of a
professional welder; all other work was done by
2007 – The CCC provided the funds required to
construct and install a new gate on Iron
Curtain Cave, a highly vulnerable cave with
delicate speleothems. New locks were also
installed and debris removed from inside the
cave. The original gate and lock had been
severely damaged and removed by vandals.
2005 – the CCC and the Ministry of Forests
jointly funded the installation of a gate on
Renaissance Cave, a highly decorated and
very vulnerable cave located within a very
popular recreational area.
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND AWARENESS
With an expectation that much of the non-industrial damage of caves and karst results
from a lack of information, the Canadian Cave Conservancy has been funding installation
of signage at popular cave sites around Vancouver Island. This effort is continuing.
Science World Display & Demonstration – In 2008 The CCC participated in a display and
demonstration at Science World in Vancouver,
B.C. The goals of this activity were to promote
an interest in caves & caving by the general
public and to gain support for a BC Cave
INTER-AGENCY LIAISON & INFORMATION SHARING
Vancouver Island Cave Park Planning & Vancouver Island Cave/Karst Strategy
Between 2003 and 2006, with support from the BC Ministry of Water Land & Air
Protection (currently Ministry of Environment) and access to the Ministry of Forests and
Range cave inventory database, the Canadian Cave Conservancy prepared a Cave/Karst
Strategy for Vancouver Island. The project consolidated existing inventory information
on Island caves and karst, and compared the recreational and conservation values of the
most significant caves and areas, as well as presented recommendations for
management. It also prepared draft Interim Management Statements for Artlish River
Caves Park, Weymer Creek Park, Clayoquot Plateau Park and White Ridge Park.
Review of Commercial Cave Guiding Practice
One of the few uses of caves which generate revenue is the operation of cave tours. This
could range from full-scale developments with walk-ways and electric lighting to the
more commonly practiced in Canada, at least) wild-cave tours. Responding to a need for
a review and for cave guiding standards, Mark Hassel produced an excellent set of
recommendations on cave guiding standards in March 2003. These standards have since
been referenced by Alberta and British Columbia government agencies when authorizing
commercial cave guiding in provincial jurisdictions. A PDF is available here: Cave Guiding
Nahanni Karstlands Protection
In 2006, the CCC joined the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Dr. Derek Ford (a leading
Canadian geologist) and many others, calling for an expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve and
World Heritage Site in order to protect the entire South Nahanni Watershed and the spectacular
limestone features of the Nahanni karstlands.
Langford Lake Cave /Karst Protection
In 2008, the CCC participated in extensive liaison with the
City of Langford in an unsuccessful effort to save this area
from disturbance/destruction as a result of a proposed
highway interchange development.
Caver Visitation Estimates
While the caving community may have some informal estimates of use of caves by members,
there are many casual visitors whose activity is largely unknown. As well, evidence of cave
visitation and traffic would provide data with which to lobby for management action by
relevant management agencies. A pilot project using specially designed electronic "caver
counters" is underway in select caves on Vancouver Island and south-west British Columbia.
A fundamental tool for cave management is the photodocumentation of ave features and cave
processes. This could include tracking of effects of cave visitation on speleothems or
sedimentary deposits, or in a research setting follow cave passage evolution through infilling
or collapse. A simple and compact photomonitoring "kit" is being developed and tested with
an objective of establishing photomonitoring networks in a number of caves. The kit would be
readily available for both caver volunteers and for lease by cavers working under contract to
Redemption Cave Baseline
With support from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), a baseline
biological survey and photomonitoring network was established in a
newly discovered alpine cave in south-central British Columbia. A report
on the results were forwarded to MEC, and the project leader Kirk
Safford prepared a series of web pages describing the project.
Dangerous Dick and The Duckbusters
Since bursting onto the underground music scene in fall
2003, Dangerous Dick and the Duckbusters have produced
three fantastic CD recordings. Proceeds from the sales of
these CDs have been instrumental in g funding for important
Conservancy projects and have created a world-wide spleo-
sensation and profile for both the Conservancy and the band!
Members of the conservancy are experts in areas relating to local cave and karst management, and
are often called on for advice. When this evolves into a formal contract with a funding agency, a
portion of the proceeds are routed to support and promote projects by the conservancy.
The Canadian Cave Conservancy is a fully registered charitable organization under Canadian tax
laws, and any donations are tax-deductable. Contact the CCC at CCC@canadiancaveconservancy.ca
We are in a position to consider modest funding requests for cave and karst conservation in
Canada. Ideally, these requests would be multi-partner funding opportunities where conservancy
funding would provide a "seed" for approaching other potential funders. For more information, send
an email to the Canadian Cave Conservancy.