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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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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