A Crappy Fundraiser: Guano Happens!

The MAKC board of directors just approved an extremely crappy project that involves our Team Sarah! We have a temporary reservation for a used porta-john that would become permanently ours. It needs a little work. We are hoping to have it hauled to the MAKC headquarters this week for a quick repair job to the […]

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McClure Cave Management Plan

Last Revision 2/14/2022 Introduction The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania. The MAKC’s purpose is to promote the study, conservation, and preservation of caves and karst resources and the education of the public about those resources. In the winter of 2022, MAKC purchased a .74-acre parcel of […]

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New Board Officers

At the November 2021 quarterly board meeting of MAKC, Curt Harler of Cleveland Grotto was elected to the board to fill the vacancy created by outgoing chairman Kim Metzgar. After being re-elected to a three-year term, Ryan Maurer was elected chairman and Hope Brooks will fill the shoes of long-time vice chairman Phil Gowaty, who […]

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McClure Cave Preserve Sponsors

The total now raised for McClure Cave is $15782. Total project cost: $18,000. Total to go: $2218. Bob Addis Bert Ashbrook Baltimore Grotto George and Karen Bange Cindy Barton Dr. Hazel Barton Don Beach Andrew, Gabrielle and Amelia Benner Blue Ridge Grotto Barbara Bramley Hope Brooks Brother Muckers Joe Brown Charles Chapman Kerry Clancy-Burns Cleveland […]

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McClure Cave Photos

A few photos from Snyder County’s McClure Cave, whicih the MAKC has an agreement of sale to purchase. This horizontal, gated cave has seen some abuse and had some issues. However, it should be popular for years to come and is a mere 15 minutes from our Penn Aqua Preserve in Mifflin County.  

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Penn Aqua Projects

Volunteers have helped us install a secure and safe driveway, clear brush away from the cave entrance, install a gate to the driveway and are helping us manage the cave. We are all volunteers. Please keep in mind that previously cavers parked along the road and went along a trail to the cave that is […]

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Penn Aqua Is Ours!

MAKC member Karen Bange took the photographs of George Bange and Johnny Motto after MAKC took possession of Penn Aqua Cave in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania on Monday, December 14, 2020. Penn Aqua is NOT a beginner cave—wetsuits required—but it is a popular and fun cave for not only central Pennsylvania caves but for cavers throughout […]

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The Good News: Caving To Resume

MAKC response to COVID-19: The MAKC recognizes the issues regarding COVID-19 and any impacts it may have on caves, caving, cavers, and bats.  Masks, gloves, social distancing, and CDC, state, county, and local guidelines are encouraged as much as possible.  Any travel restrictions are to be followed, as are the desires of landowners.  Where caving […]

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The Bad News: Summer Soirée Cancelled

After careful consideration, the MAKC Board on June 13, 2020 at an outdoor, socially-distant meeting, has decided to cancel the free members’ event scheduled to be held in August at Lincoln Caverns. It was not an easy decision and we were looking forward to returning to a favorite cave with a great host. Hopefully we […]

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Cave Openings Delayed

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Governor Wolf’s travel ban, our board of directors is delaying the opening of our preserves which are scheduled to open on April 15 following the end of our bat hibernation closure. We are also asking that persons refrain from visiting any other preserves while the travel ban is in […]

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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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