Bat Cave Draw and Visitor Center Rehabilitation

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
United States
Project Size: 
14.8 acres
Project type: 
Open space - Park
Site Context: 
Former Land Use: 
Terrestrial Biome: 
Project overview: 

Contaminants from parking lot runoff at the Bat Cave Draw and Visitor Center, such as motor oil and antifreeze, were being found in cavern pools. The project removed the existing parking area adversely impacting the cavern and rehabilitated it to a natural state using vegetation native to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Additional work was done to collect and treat runoff in new parking areas to protect the cave and to revegetate areas adjacent to the visitor center and the park's entrance road.

photo by NPS Photo

Project Team
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park: John Benjamin, Superintendent; Danielle Foster, Biologist; Renee West, Supervisory Biologist; Meredith Gosejohan, Biological Science Technician; Shelly Tucker, Biological Science Technican
  • National Park Service, Denver Service Center: Jessica Brown PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect/Horticulturist; Sarah L. Wynn, Ph.D., PM, Revegetation Technical Specialist; Tracy Cudworth, PLA, PM, Landscape Architect/Project Manager
  • Landmark Design, Inc.: Lisa Benson, Professional Landscape Architect
  • ajc architects: Derek Wilson, Architect
  • Stantec: Bryan Close, Professional Engineer