Cave Program Benefits People and Cave Creatures The Leaf Chronicle (Clarksville, TN) Paul Kingsbury • Reader Submitted • December 10, 2008
Property owners in Montgomery County have an unusual new opportunity to improve their properties and help protect caves and their creatures — at little or no cost to the landowner.
The Cave Landowner Incentive Program (or Cave LIP for short) provides the money, the staff and the means to make improvements to land and property, ensuring that caves are protected, often with significant benefits for the landowner. The program is funded by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and directed by The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee.
“Tennessee has 9,200 documented caves, the most of any state in the nation,” said Cory Holliday of The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee, who directs the program. “The vast majority of those caves are on private property, and many are home to rare animal species. This program was designed to make it easy for people to protect the lands and waters around local caves, and to benefit from those improvements at little or no cost to themselves.”