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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Cleversburg Sink

After much work and persistence, the MAKC and Franklin County Grotto (FCG) negotiated a lease of Cleversburg Sink with Southampton Township (the cave owners) in Cumberland County, PA. Since late in 2006, the cave has been closed until an access policy could be worked out. Cleversburg Sink is a significant geologic and hydrogeological cave.The management […]

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My Caving Adventure

So, I got to go caving on Saturday for the first time in a very long time, and it was wonderful. I had such a great time, why not blog about it. I still don’t understand the concept of blogs, what they are for, why people write them, who reads them, etc, BUT I’ll hop […]

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Water Level Research at Cleversburg Sink

March 2 Finally, after 15 years of fruitless discussions and suggestions to implement some type of scientific study of the fluctuating water levels in Cleversburg Sink, Franklin County Grotto is now participating in just such a project. Professor Tom Feeney from the Department of Geography and Earth Science at Shippensburg University contacted Jonathan Peterson a […]

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Cleversburg Sink Fever

April 26 By Jeff Jahn There is an old commercial about ketchup where the catch phrase is “anticipation” and shows the red tomato sauce oozing slowly out of the container onto that juicy hamburger. This is kind of how cavers feel about Cleversburg Sink as its access is based on an anticipated lowering of the water […]

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Cleversburg Cave Description

March 2 CURRENT STATUS: This gated cave is located on property owned by Southampton Township. A full description of the original section of the cave, which was written by Bernard Smeltzer and is reprinted below, is located. in MAR Bulletin 4, pages 6-9.The description and map of the Straight Gorge Extension, by C. Miller and […]

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Cleversburg Sink Ladder Replacement

March 2The Cleversburg ladder replacement occurred today at Cleversburg Sink. I along with about 8 others from the Franklin County Grotto were there. The ladder was pre-cut for assembly by Howard of the FCG. We all carried pieces of the ladder into the cave including 4-10 foot sections of wood. The ladder was assebled inside […]

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