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Oklahoma and Arkansas Cave Team Meeting
Southwest Region, February 23, 2001
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A meeting of representatives from state and federal agencies, universities, private conservation organiztions, and private landowners met at Rogers State University in Claremore, OK. These meetings have been held annually for over ten years. They have been tremendously helpful in identifying important Ozark karst resources such as caves, springs, streams, forests, and ground water recharge areas. They help determine what we should be doing, and prioritizing how we should be spending the limited money available. Some of the topics discussed were cave gates, recharge area determination and other ground water issues, cave species identification, organic carbon dynamics, Forest Service caves, and Corps of Engineers regulatory actions and caves. Also presented was a new Karst Initiative being promoted by the Conway, AR Fish and Wildlife Service office to promote and coordinated management efforts in karst areas in the Ozarks of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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