Understanding Karst Management Objectives
What is the main purpose of the Karst Management Handbook?
To integrate the protection of karst systems and
individual karst features with sustainable
practices. The primary focus is to manage surface and subsurface
resources by applying appropriate forest management practices
on the surface karst environment.
What are the challenges of karst management?
The complex and three-dimensional nature of karst presents unique
challenges to land management. A specific challenge is to manage
the potential for karst hydrological systems
water, nutrients, soil,
and pollutants into and through underground environments.
What are the management objectives of the Karst Management Handbook?
To promote sustainable forest practices on karst
landscapes and achieve the following objectives, while minimizing
impacts to timber supply and operational costs:
- Maintain the ability of karst landscapes to regenerate
healthy and productive forests after harvesting
- Maintain the surface and subsurface habitats of karst ecosystems
to ensure biodiversity
- Maintain the natural flows and water quality of karst
- Maintain the natural rates of air exchange between
the surface and subsurface
- Protect significant
surface karst features (e.g., sinkholes,
sinking streams, springs, cave entrances) and subsurface
karst resources (e.g., caves, underground streams,
- Provide recreational opportunities where appropriate.
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