“I am proud of Deanna’s many important contributions to growing this important and often overlooked Forest Service program and resource,” said Jose Noriega, Ely District Ranger. “She is a skilled natural resource leader; she’s enlisted numerous volunteers and collaborated extensively with other agencies, such as the BLM, National Park Service, and Nevada Department of Wildlife, to further conserve our caves,” said Noriega.
“Cave and karst (landscapes characterized by caves, sinkholes, sinking streams and underground drainage) resources are important because they support critical groundwater systems,” explained Deanna. “These groundwater systems supply drinking water to communities, provide habitat for rare biological communities, offer recreation for people who enjoy exploring the underground world, and furnish a natural setting for scientific study and environmental education,” stated Stever.
Caves also preserve the remains of our prehistoric and historic past, as well as contain data relevant to significant geologic events, climate change, and much more.
Stever expressed her sincere gratitude for the support from fellow Humboldt-Toiyabe staff and the Forest Service’s Intermountain Regional Office in Ogden, Utah, for receiving the recent recognition.
Learn more about this release by contacting Christie Kalkowski, Public Affairs Officer, at 775-355-5301.
- The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF) has 32 “significant caves” that were nominated in 1994, plus many others yet to be nominated under The Federal Cave Resource Protection Act of 1988.
- Six Ranger Districts on the Forest have known caves: Austin, Tonopah, Mountain City, Ruby Mountains, Ely, and the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
- Ely, Spring Mountains, and Ruby Mountains have the highest concentrations of caves.
- Number of caves existing on National Forests and National Grasslands: 2,200. Those caves cover roughly 205,335 square miles.
- Number of bat species in Nevada: 23
- Want to know where the caves are? Contact your local National Forest office’s Cave Manager or your local caving group (called grottos). Local grottos for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest include: Southern Nevada Grotto, Northern Nevada Grotto, Silver Sage Grotto (southern Idaho) and Mother Lode Grotto (California). The Federal Cave Resource Protection Act doesn’t allow federal agencies to provide cave locations and names to the public.