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October 14th, 2003 Meeting Minutes
NATIONAL CAVE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM STEERING COMMITTEE
Acceptance of proxy(ies)
Jim Goodbar for Jim Miller
Recognition of Guests
Mike Warner 2005 NCKMS Chariman
Minutes of the October 2003 meeting were approved by unanimous consent.
Cheryl Jones: Chairman's report
The Financial report is attached. The Steering Committee has about $14K in assets, including the outstanding 2003 Symposium seed money
Steve Omeroid: 2003 NCKMS update.
Mike Warner: 2005 NCKMS update
Mike Warner: 2004 National Cave Conservancies Forum
The forum went well and was very well received. NCKMS sponsorship appreciated
Doug Marchant: NCKMS Web site
Report read by Cheryl Jones
Tuesday, July 5, 2005
The meeting was adjourned
October 13-17, 2003, Gainesville Florida
Actual Attendees: 67
Monday Field Trips:
Peacock and Ichetucknee Springs State Parks: 10 participants went to visit two of Florida's premier springs. Hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Ichetucknee Springs State Park.
Alachua Sink/Paynes Prairie - 12 attendees visited Paynes Prairie which drains into the Floridan Aquifer through Alachua Sink. Hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Payne's Prairie State Park.
Project Underground Karst Education Workshop, Carol Zokaites: 11 attendees
Papers Presented: 23
Poster Sessions: 3
All but two papers have been submitted to Tom Rea for the Proceedings and he will begin putting the Proceedings together after the NSS Convention.
Wednesday Field trip to Silver Springs State Park was attended by all registrants and included a presentation from the park on its history and a presentation from Fay Baird of Pandion Systems on the hydrology of the area and the efforts the Silver Springs Task Force have undertaken to protect the spring from the rapid urbanization of the Silver Springs/Ocala area.
Bat Conservation International Workshop, Jim Kennedy: 12 attendees
Special Thanks to all our co-sponsors:
Financially, the symposium did well. We took in approximately $16,900 in registration and sponsorship money. Costs so far are approximately $12,500 and we still have the seed money from the NSS and the production costs of the proceedings. We anticipate the symposium will break even in the final accounting.
Concept Paper for a Karst Internship Program
Purpose: There is a need to train people in the specific concepts, laws, regulations, and management techniques necessary to fill in behind an ageing cave/karst workforce. These people would need to gain experience in real management settings across a broad spectrum of management programs to become knowledgeable enough to carry on the cave/karst management programs progressively and at a high level.
Concept: To train individuals to do this, it may be most efficient to develop a cave/karst internship program that would allow those existing cave/karst managers with the skills to mentor students through a program specifically designed for them to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities, to begin successfully managing cave and karst resources at any level.
This internship program would take advantage of existing student programs such as the STEP program and combine it with undergraduate or graduate level field courses and distance learning courses. The student would have the opportunity to rotate their on-the-job experience between the different federal agencies (BLM, FWS, USGS, USFS, and NPS) and private sector cave/karst management partners (American Cave Conservation Association, ACCA; Bat Conservation International, BCI; Cave Research Foundation, CRF; National Speleological Society, NSS; Karst Waters Institute, KWI).
In addition to the specific hard line cave/karst materials the intern would be exposed to ancillary other programs that would enhance their ability to communicate cave/karst resource management demands and needs. These programs could include different forms of communication media, GIS, GPS, and Arcview skills.
During each on-the-job semester the student would be given a meaningful project by the agency they were working with. This project would tie back to their academic program thereby allowing them to earn college credit through specially designed distance learning courses.
Funding: Funding could come from a number of different sources. The National Cave and Karst Management Symposium steering committee has a small amount of funds that could be leveraged against other matching funds or in-kind offers such as academic assistantships or scholarships. Private organizations such as BCI, CRF, and the NSS could provide grant or special funding through their existing financial programs. The federal agencies could provide funding through their support of the STEP programs.
Desired Outcome: (1) When we are gone we will have trained competent individuals to take our place. (2) We will have developed a system to provide a unique educational and training curriculum that will give the participant a detailed understanding of interagency cave/karst resources management practices, needs, and challenges. The program will also introduce them to our major constituent groups and partners and give them an opportunity to begin developing their own working relationship with these support organizations.
Implementation: Each agency can supply one seasons funding. Funding can be from 10 weeks as a temporary or up to 12 months as a temporary. Amount of funding depends on the grade level at which the student will be brought on board. A position description that is acceptable to the agencies should be developed. Recruitment of potential students should be done by the interagency team.
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