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Cave Management Regulations. 43 CFR Part 37 a nd 36 CFR Part 290 James R. Goodbar Senior Cave/Karst Specialist Bureau of Land Management 620 E. Green Street, New Mexico 88220 JGoodbar@blm.gov May 12-16, 2014 Cody, Wyoming. Subpart A: Management.

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    1. Cave ManagementRegulations 43 CFR Part 37 and 36 CFR Part 290 James R. Goodbar Senior Cave/Karst Specialist Bureau of Land Management 620 E. Green Street, New Mexico 88220 JGoodbar@blm.gov May 12-16, 2014 Cody, Wyoming

    2. Subpart A: Management • 1. Purpose: To provide the basis for identifying and managing Significantcaves • 2. Policy: Protect and Maintain Significant Caves and Cave Resources (USFS 35 CFR part 290.3/ 290.4) • 3. Authority: FCRPA • 4. Definitions • 5. Collection of Information

    3. Definitions (a)Authorized Officers ; BLM – local Field Office manager, FWS – Field Supervisor NPS – Park Superintendent USFS – Forest Supervisor (b)Cave - Any naturally occurring void, cavity, recess, or system of interconnected passages beneath the surface of the earth, including any cave resource therein, large enough to permit a person to enter, entrance may be excavated or naturally formed. Includes natural pits, sinkhole, or other feature that is an extension of a cave entrance or is an integral part of the cave.

    4. Definitions (a)Cave Resources - Any materials or substances occurring in caves on Federal lands, including, but not limited to, biotic, cultural, mineralogic, paleontologic, geologic, and hydrologic resources (d) Federal lands – U.S. owned, Administered by Secretary of Agriculture or Interior (e) Secretary - Secretary of Interior or Agriculture (f) Significant cave -A cave located on Federal lands that has been determined to meet the Criteria in sec 37.11(c)

    5. Subpart B / 36 CFR 290.3: Nomination, Evaluation, & Designation • Nominations: For subsequent listings will be accepted from governmental agencies and the public. • Evaluations: Carried out in consultation with individuals and organizations interested in cave resources management, within the confidentiality provisions. • Criteria:

    6. Significant Cave Criteria • Biota, • Cultural, • Geologic/Mineralogic/Paleontologic, • Hydrologic, • Recreational, • Educational or Scientific.

    7. Designation • All caves on National Park Service-administered lands are deemed to fall within the definition of “significant cave”. • In special management areas that are designated wholly or in part due to cave resources, all caves within shall be designated as significant.

    8. Confidentiality • No Federal employee shall disclose information that could be used to determine the location of any significant cave or cave resources, unless determined that it will further the purposes of the Act and will not risk cave resources.

    9. Requesting Confidential Information • Name, address, and telephone • A legal description of the area • A statement of the purpose • Written assurances of information confidentiality and protection of the cave and its resources.

    10. Questions