Projects
Projects 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 volunteers. 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 Signage Project 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 Protection Act. 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 Standards. 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. Photomonitoring System 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 management agencies. 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. Fundraising 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! Expert Advice 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. Donations 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  for info. Funding 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.
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