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Tulsa Regional Oklahoma Grotto and Ozark Plateau NWR Cave Gating Projects
Southwest Region, May 19, 2001
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Volunteers from the Tulsa Regional Oklahoma Grotto (TROG, a local chapter of the National Speleological Society) have constructed 10 cave gates on the Ozark Plateau NWR and Logan Cave NWR, (in cooperation with Holla Bend NWR and Region 4). Two additional cave gates were constructed on private land near the refuge through the Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. These are extremely important caves used by federally listed endangered Ozark big-eared bats, gray bats, Ozark cave crayfish, and threatened Ozark cavefish; and subject to human disturbance. The Service provided the materials and the grotto furnished the labor. The Service and the refuge would not have been able to accomplish the protection of these caves without the help of the grottos. They carried tons of angle iron and cement into remote areas through rough terrain and in inclement weather and worked long hours welding the gates in place on their own time on weekends and some providing their own material and equipment. We owe them a lot.

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