Cave and Preserve Management
Using GIS analysis tools and an in-depth understanding of the primary constituent elements of a cave ecosystem, Zara staff design karst preserves. This includes surveying the extent of caves, the location of karst invertebrate habitat, the cave cricket foraging area, and the surface and subsurface drainage basins of a cave. Karst preserves may be used for mitigation, participation in a Habitat Conservation Plan, or take avoidance. Management includes cave gate construction and maintenance, invasive species control (e.g. fire ants), and long-term species monitoring. Zara also prepares and submits reports to regulators on our clients behalf.