Spring Cave, others closed until April for area bat protection

RBC I As of Aug. 1, all caves on the White River National Forest have been managed under new direction. An adaptive management plan was developed to reduce the potential spread of white-nose syndrome in bats, while providing reasonable access to the caving community.

After a three-year closure, Spring Cave will reopen until Aug. 15

MEEKER I As many people are aware, Spring Cave has been closed for the last three years due to the threat of White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by the fungus, Geomyces destructans (Gd), that has resulted in the mortality of more than 5 million bats since 2006.

Emergency order to close caves, mines extended

RBC I Acting Regional Forester Jerome Thomas signed an extension to an emergency order yesterday to restrict access to all caves and abandoned mines on National Forests and Grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service (Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas).

Spring Cave closing aims to save bats

MEEKER I Spring Cave is an important biological resource, which is now closed to public access, along with all other caves and abandoned mines of the White River National Forest and the Rocky Mountain Region.