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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Billy Clay Sponsors

On May 30, 2002, just two weeks before the final payment was due on Billy Clay Pit, the MAKC got a phone call from Dick Blenz, the Indiana caver who has supported many cave conservation projects from many conservancies and the NSS. Dick bought a whole lot at the Hall Cave Preserve to get us […]

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Summer Billy Clay Work Weekend

By Walt HammSaturday August 22, 2015 was this year’s maintenance work day at the preserve. A year ago members refurbished the parking lot (see Volume 16, Number 4 of the Karst Chronicle) and this year the accumulating deadfall was the primary focus of our efforts. While Tom Metzgar and I had cut and removed fallen […]

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Billy Clay Work Weekend

In August of 2014, a number of MAKC members, board members and volunteers took part in a project to re-do the parking lot at the Billy Clay Pit Preserve, one of our owned preserves, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Board member Dave Field is part owner of a farmhouse less than an hour away, and […]

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MAKC Proposal to Open Caves in 2010

MISSION The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy was established by Western Pennsylvania cavers in 1997 for the following purposes: • Preserving, ensuring access to, acquiring, and managing caves and karst areas for conservation, scientific study, and recreational caving. • Education of landowners, cavers, and the general public in the importance of caves and karst resources and ways […]

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Billy Clay Pit

In 1999, after careful consideration of six caves in two states, the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy, Inc. was authorized by its Board of Directors to sign a two-year option to purchase Billy Clay Pit, a little visited cave in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Billy Clay Pit has been essentially closed to visitation by cavers for many […]

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