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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Harlansburg Cave

In November 2002, the MAKC leased Harlansburg Cave, the longest cave in Pennsylvania. At the request of the owners, in June 2003 gates were installed on cave entrances both north and south of the road cut. The MAKC plans include: Cleanup the results of fifty years of abuse. This includes the removal of lots of […]

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Harlansburg Connection Surveyed

JUNE 12, 2010 We hadn’t been in Harlansburg for a long time, due to the closure of the cave last year with all of that precautionary White Nose Syndrome prevention stuff. You haven’t done a real caving trip until you’ve been to Harlansburg. I’ll just leave it at that because you truly have to experience […]

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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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Harlansburg Map Up To Date

During this non-caving year, among other things, I have gotten caught up on the computer end of drawing up the Harlansburg Cave map. It’s not up to two miles yet, but is close. The most important discovery on the last few mapping trips was that we have actually mapped part of the under the road […]

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