Management of Subterranean Ecosystems in Extreme Environments
2023 NCKMS Conference
Symposium Workshops
Management of Subterranean Ecosystems in Extreme Environments

Our workshop plans will evolve considerably over the next year. We encourage you to check back for upates.

Oct, 4/5 (Pre-Symposium)

Orientation to Cave Rescue

October 4/5 - Saturday/Sunday

Orientation to Cave Rescue
Orientation to Cave Rescue

This 2-day workshop is an "Orientation to Cave Rescue" designed by instructors from the National Cave Rescue Commission.

Suitable for cave and karst managers in addition to recreational explorers, this is an intensive two-day introduction to the science and management of cave rescue operations. Led by a team of highly qualified instructors, the techniques and skills you will learn from this seminar may be directly applied to cave rescue scenarios. Day 1 will include class sessions and exercises designed to teach a wide range of concepts and skills unique to cave rescue. Day 2 will deliver an underground mock rescue and debriefing custom-designed by the instructors to test and challenge your new skills.

This is an introductory level program which consists of classroom and field work in all phases of horizontal cave rescue including: underground environment, extrication techniques, communication systems, medical management, and organization and management of cave rescue. The basic orientation course material is presented for students who typically include agency resource managers, recreational cavers, emergency services personnel, and rescue management personnel.

You must attend the full 2 days to receive a certificate of course completion. Additional details will be emailed to you upon registration.

Workshop presenter: Gretchen Baker, GRBA/NPS

Invasive Plant Species


One of the major ecological threats to the sagebrush-dominated Great Basin ecosystem is the introduction and spread of dozens of species of non-native plants. The most important of these, cheatgrass (or downy brome) covers the largest area: 25 million acres, one-third of the area of the Great Basin.



Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. South wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.


Isolated Showers And Thunderstorms then Isolated T-storms Isolated showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then isolated thunderstorms and scattered rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night

Isolated T-storms Isolated thunderstorms and scattered rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Symposium Merchandise

Campfire Coffee Mug

Stay up all night with our personalized ceramic coffee mug. This 13oz mug is perfect for school, campfire socials, marathon thesis proofreading, and all-night grant-writing sessions.


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Advance registration for the 2025 symposium is expected to open in mid-2024. We will send an email to past attendees when that system comes online.

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