Karst researchers study global cave conservation Eureka Springs, Arkansas
From May 19 to 22, some 35 karst -- or cave -- researchers from China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas attended a workshop in Eureka Springs to learn about karst research tools and to discuss conservation practices that address common threats. During the workshop, the group also developed conservation plans for five significant karst projects in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States.
It didn't mention much about the process, but the planning process is a peer reviewed planning process that will take several months to develop a complete plan. I'm the team leader for the TN team and this process really made us ask some tough questions about the future of our program.
I was really impressed with the international folks' karst knowlege. They forced us to take a really good look at our priorities.