Significant Cave Entrances
The following section summarizes the management objectives and
recommended best management practices for significant
As these are only brief summaries, you should also check out more
detailed information in the Karst
Management Handbook for British Columbia.
The following is a summary of the management objectives
designed to protect significant cave entrances. Reserves
- Maintain the microclimate around significant cave entrances
- Maintain stable habitat conditions for any flora or fauna
inhabiting the cave entrance or cave
- Prevent logging debris from entering significant cave
- Provide a measure of aesthetics/recreational experience for
cave entrances with high recreational values.
Recommended best management practices
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a minimum two-tree-length reserve extending outward
from the mouth of the cave entrance. In the case of a
significant entrance contained within a sinkhole,
the reserve should extend from the rim or edge of the
as defined by the upper break of the slope enclosing
an adjacent management zone of an appropriate size to
protect the reserve from windthrow.
See Managing Windthrow.
understorey vegetation along reserve boundaries, and
green trees in the opening to help maintain interior
conditions and inhibit the encroachment of
edge species into the reserve.
What practices are recommended for cave entrances
meet the criteria of significant cave entrances?
Use a 20-metre management zone around the entrance,
- Fall and yard away from the cave entrance as much as possible.
- Remove any slash and debris that falls in or around the
cave entrance, provided removal does not cause further disturbance.
- Retain windfirm non-merchantable trees, advanced regeneration,
wildlife trees, and other windfirm vegetation within
the management zone.