Highlighting Forest Karst Ecosystems

October 7-10, 1997, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A

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HOSTS: National Speleological Society American Cave Conservation Association Cave Research Foundation National Caves Association The Nature Conservancy U. S. Forest Service U. S. National Park Service U.S. Bureau of Land Management U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service CO-SPONSORS: British Columbia Speleological Federation British Columbia Ministry of Forests Northwest Caving Association Oregon Grotto of the NSS Northwest Chapter of the ACCA BC Parks

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The Organizing Committee of the 1997 Karst and Cave Management Symposium (13th National Cave Management Symposium) is pleased to invite you to join us in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is located in the central part of a vast area of temperate coastal rain forest extending from northern California through southeast Alaska. Although the State of Washington is not generally known for its limestone caves, southeast Alaska and British Columbia have extensive karst development.

Although the theme of this symposium is karst and caves in forest ecosystems, we are encouraging interested individuals to submit papers on all topics related to the management of karst resources and caves. Because of the international aspects of this Symposium, we are expecting a large number of papers, and we are planning three days of presentations. Concurrent sessions may be scheduled, depending on the numbers of papers received. General topics for sessions will include geology of karst resources, speleogenesis in temperate rain forest karst, biology of karst resources, land use impacts on endangered species, history of karst impacts in Pacific Northwest, innovative forest management practices, recreational use of caves, and government—industry—caver relations. Other sessions could be planned if enough related papers are received. Presentations should be planned for 15 minutes, with a 5 minute period for questions and answers. Longer presentations may be considered if time is available.

Abstracts must include all authors’ names, the title of the paper, the mailing address of the primary author, a brief biographical sketch of the primary author (maximum 100 words), and the abstract of the paper (maximum 250 words). Submitted material should also include telephone numbers and e-mail address for correspondence. Also include any requests for audio-visual equipment. Any special needs will require sufficient advance warning. Material may be submitted by e-mail, but a hard copy is preferred, and on disk if possible. Abstracts or questions regarding the program should be directed to the Program Chairman, Tom Strong (3240 41st Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA, home phone (206) 938-3957, office phone (206) 821-7777, e-mail

In addition to the oral presentations, we will have space available for poster presentations. These displays could be used for case studies, karst and cave management methodologies, findings of research projects or other topics. The displays should contain enough information to be readily understood, but we will also plan for a time period when authors could be available to answer questions. Poster space should be limited to a maximum of 30 square feet (3 square meters), including text and illustrations.

The closing session on Friday afternoon will include a panel discussion attempting to summarize the state of the art in management of karst ecosystems in temperate coastal rain forests. Observations from the field trips will be discussed and compared. We hope to have five or six volunteer participants from as varied a background as possible. Participants could each make a brief statement (five minutes or less) followed by an open discussion of issues. Questions from the floor would be welcomed and encouraged. Please indicate on your registration form whether you would be interested in participating on this panel.

Abstracts and biographical sketches must be submitted no later than May 1, 1997. [Extended to June 1, 1997] Authors will be notified regarding acceptance of their papers by May 31, 1997 [Extended to June 30, 1997]. Late submittals may be considered for presentation if time is available.

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by May 1, 1997 [Extended to June 1, 1997].

1997 Karst and Cave Management Symposium
Tom Strong, Program Chairman
3240 41st Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116 USA

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