Board Elections Held

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, three new faces joined the MAKC Board, one of whom is not entirely new to the board. Andrea Gillis, chairman of the Ohio Cavers and Climbers, and a former board member and board chairman of MAKC, rejoined the board to fill out a one-year term. Ryan Maurer joined the board […]

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Andrea Gillis

Board Member (term expires 2020) Andrea Gillis rejoined the board in 2019 to fill out a three-year term. She is a former board member and former chairman of MAKC, as well as chairman of the Ohio Cavers and Climbers. While on the MAKC board a number of years ago Andrea spearheaded a project to clean […]

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Silers Cave Schedule

NOVEMBER AND DECEMGER 2019 Reserved November 23 and 30, and December 8. One slot still open for December, and anytime next year right now. Please read the Silers Cave Management Plan before asking for permission to visit. NSS and other cavers please e-mail the cave manager at SilersCave@karst.org. Youth and other groups, please fill out […]

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Silers Cave Survey

Silers Cave contains approximately a mile and half of maze passage. The cave was originally mapped in the 1930s, and again in the early 1980s, but the new owners of Silers Cave have requested an up-to-date map be made, and we are happy to oblige. A core group has already formed, but new members with […]

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Smile and Benefit MAKC

Online shopping is a great way to buy just about anything, and when you buy something on amazon.com you can also benefit MAKC. Amazon.com has a program called smile. MAKC is registered. A portion of everything you buy can benefit our cave conservation efforts. Instead of going to the link www.amazon.com, please visit smile.amazon.com. Type […]

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Rupert Cave Management Plan

RUPERT CAVE – The first 1,800 feet of passage within Rupert Cave, between the entrance and the “Keyhole”, is considered the “Historical Section” of the cave. Beyond the “Keyhole” is considered the “New Section”. An aluminum sign positioned directly over the “Keyhole” clearly marks the dividing line. The two sections have distinct access / management policies, […]

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Rupert Cave Preserve

On November 17, 2018, MAKC’s Board of Directors voted to help manage Rupert Cave from George and Karen, at their request, in order to help them manage the cave. The MAKC has appointed a preserve management team, headed by Jeff Jahn, which will coordinate trips to the cave starting in the spring of 2019. George […]

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Harlansburg Cave Management Plan

INTRODUCTION The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC), a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania leased Harlanburg Cave, Lawrence County, Pa., in November of 2002. HISTORY Bruce Smith prepared a brief history of the cave for the Pittsburgh Grotto’s August/October 1970 Netherworld News. Smith was able to interview key participants in the cave’s early exploration. […]

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Cleversburg Sink Management Plan

INTRODUCTION The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania in 1997. The MAKC owns or leases several karst preserves in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The MAKC was established by cavers to preserve and ensure access to caves by acquiring and managing caves and karst areas for conservation, scientific […]

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Billy Clay Management Plan

(Revised May 2015, February 2019) Pocohontas County, WV Introduction  The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC), a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania, purchased 2.87 acres subdivided from a development located near Snowshoe, West Virginia for the purpose of creating a karst preserve. The tract includes both Billy Clay Pit and Clay Pit #2. Billy […]

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Bear Cave Management Plan

Bear Cave Management Plan • Cave Closed between October 15 and April 15! Enacted May 1, 2002 (Revised January 10, 2004, February 16, 2019) NOTE: Bear Cave is Now Closed October 15 – April 15  Special Note: Bear Cave Closed was in 2009 due to White Nose Syndrome. While it has been reopened, please contact […]

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Sarah Furnace Cave Management Plan

The Management Plan for this preserve was adopted by the MAKC Board on November 16, 2019. After reading this plan carefully, cavers interested in visiting the preserve should fill  out the free permit available at this link. INTRODUCTION The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC), a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania completed the purchase […]

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