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Virginia’s Department of Conservation Resources, led by their Karst Protection team in partnership with the Cave Conservancy of Virginia and the New River Valley Regional Commission hosted a two-day Karst Workshop on May 3rd and 4th at the Pulaski County Innovation Center. The first day in the classroom was a deep dive into karst resources of the New River Valley, conservation challenges and lessons learned, karst and land development, and subterranean biology. The following day was a field trip to four local karst sites in Pulaski County and the City of Radford. The session included visits to Wildwood Park in Radford, for a viewing of epi-karst, springs and sinking creeks, as well as a cave in the sink hole plains of Fairlawn. Karst is an incredible feature of our local landscape that directly connects the land to groundwater, over and over again. Thank you to the dozens of folks that made it the workshop, some as far away as North Carolina and Northern Virginia. The planning team is looking forward to hosting another event in the coming years!

For more information, please contact Nicole Hersch at nicole@nrvrc.org