07.23.13

Speliophiles Unite in New Mexico

Last week Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) spent the evening with the folks at the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project to learn more about the group, its work and the diverse research being conducted at the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area in southern New Mexico.

NM Senator Martin Heinrich listens to Fort Stanton Cave Study presentations.

Leaders of the Study Project brought together speliophiles and internationally known scientists to present findings from some of the cutting-edge research taking place in the NCA. Many of these projects could have significant impact on the world above ground including the discovery of a bacterium on the cave walls that could eventually be used in water treatment systems and new insight into the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that is rapidly wiping out bat populations in the U.S. and Canada.

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These and other new discoveries, accompanied by stunning photographs, showed why the Snowy River Cave, the longest cave in the world is becoming one of the most important caves in the world.

Senator Heinrich, a staunch advocate of the Conservation Lands, is also an experienced caver. His interest in the research and the cave was palpable and the leaders of the Project left confident that their newest senator understands the importance of, and need to protect, this unique national treasure.

For more of this story check out the article in the Ruidoso News.