Forest Service eases cave restrictions for convention Scott Condon Post Independent Glenwood Springs, Colorado June, 11 2011
Ban aims to protect bats from disease
What would a convention of cavers be without caves?
The U.S. Forest Service granted special permission Friday for the National Speleological Society to visit 17 caves in the White River National Forest during its conference July 18-21 in Glenwood Springs.
The caves and old mines in the White River and other national forests throughout the five-state Rocky Mountain Region have been off limits since July to prevent the spread of white nose syndrome. The disease has killed more than 1 million bats in the eastern half of the U.S. in the last three years. It hasn't been detected in Colorado yet.