The National Park Service (NPS) is developing a Wild Caves and Karst Management Plan/Environmental Assessment for Great Basin National Park (GRBA).
The Wild Caves and Karst Management Plan (WCKMP) guides management for the thirty-nine known wild caves and 41,000 acres of karst landscape (where caves can form) that are contained within Great Basin National Park. Caves and karst are significant natural resources and many contain significant cultural resources. The primary goal of the WCKMP is to manage the caves in a manner that will preserve and protect cave resources and processes while allowing for respectful scientific use and recreation in selected caves. More specifically, the intent of this plan is to manage wild caves in GRBA to maintain their geological, scenic, educational, cultural, biological, hydrological, paleontological, and recreational resources in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and current guidelines such as the Federal Cave Resource Protection Act and NPS Management Policies.
Great Basin National Park is interested in hearing your thoughts on the proposed action. We will be accepting feedback during a 30-day comment period between May 15 and June 14, 2019. During this period, the public is encouraged to comment on the proposed action and identify any issues or concerns. Feedback will be used to develop the Environmental Assessment for this plan.
In addition, a Lehman Caves Management Plan will be available for public comment during the same time period, and is available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/LehmanCavesMP
A public meeting for both of these cave management plans will be held at Great Basin National Park on June 3, 2019