Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park, located in the state of Kentucky, has the world's largest network of natural caves and underground passageways, which are characteristic examples of limestone formations. The park and its underground network of more than 560 surveyed km of passageways are home to a varied flora and fauna, including a number of endangered species. © UNESCO
2017 Conservation Outlook
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Overall PROTECTION and MANAGEMENT
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Description of values
Superlative examples of natural features in limestone karst terrain.
The world's largest network of natural limestone caves and underground passages.
The richest known cave biota.
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|1||Removal of Lock & Dam # 5||The US Congress authorized removal of outdated Locks and Dams on the Green River, but sufficient funding is not yet available to the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete the task. In particular, Lock & Dam # 5 continues to back water levels up into the park, unnaturally flooding caves and adversely affecting cave and river biota.||
AP (2006) Air, water quality remain concerns at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave. The Associated Press. .
Bell, K. (2013) White-nose syndrome hits the bats of Mammoth Cave National Park.
IUCN (1981) World Heritage Nomination - IUCN Technical Evaluation, Mammoth Cave National Park (United States of America). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. .
MCNP (2013) Proceedings of Mammoth Cave National Park’s 10th research symposium, February 14-15, 2013. Mammoth Cave National Park Publication.
May, T., Kuehn, K.W., Groves, C.G. & Meiman, J. (2005). Karst geomorphology and environmental concerns of Mammoth Cave Region, Kentucky. 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, October 8-13, 2005, Lexington, Kentucky.
NPCA (2013). Dark horizons: 10 national parks most threatened by new coal-fired power plants. National Parks Conservation Association Publication.
NPS (2001) Mammoth Cave National Park fire management plan, December 2001. National Park Service, USDA.
NPS (2003) Mammoth Cave National Park business plan. National Park Service, USDA.
NPS (2006) Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, water resources management plan. National Park Service, USDA.
NPS (2007) Mammoth Cave National Park, environmental assessment for the comprehensive trail management plan. National Park Service, USDA.
NPS (2009) Mammoth Cave National Park, biological assessment for fiscal year 2009 prescribed fire plan. National Park Service, USDA.
NPS (2009a) Cost-benefit and regulatory flexibility analyses: proposed regulations for trail management in Mammoth Cave National Park. National Park Service, USDA.
NPS (2010) Bats in peril: white-nose syndrome and bats. Flashlight (Newsletter of Mammoth Cave National Park), July 2010.
NPS (2011) Mammoth Cave National Park, white-nose syndrome response plan, January 2001. National Parks Service, USDA.
NPS (2016) Foundation Document: Mammoth Cave National Park. U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service.
Olsen, R., & Nobel, C. (2005) The geological foundation for prescribed fire in Mammoth Cave National Park. Geodiversity and Conservation, The George Wright Society Publication.
State Party of the United States of America (1980) Mammoth Cave National Park World Heritage nomination.
State Party of the United States of America (2002) Report of the State Party to the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of Mammoth Cave National Park (United States of America). .
State Party of the United States of America (2016) Period Report Second Cycle Section II: Mammoth Cave National Park. Paris, France: UNESCO World Heritage Centre. .
Watson, J.K. (2005) Mammoth Cave National Park, avian conservation implementation plan. US Fish and Wildlife Service Publication.
World Heritage Committee (2002) Decision 26 COM 21B.28 Mammoth Cave National Park (United States of America). .