Roy D. Powers
May 4, 1939 - March 29, 2015


Roy worked most of his life to protect caves and their resources. He was recognized as the leading authority on cave gates by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and many other federal, state, and non-governmental agencies.

He was a founding member of several caving organizations, most notably the American Cave Conservation Association.

His gate designs protect not only bats but a multitude of other rare species that depend on fragile underground environments, as well as entire one-of-a-kind cave systems.

Roy Powers directly worked to protect sites in at least 18 different states, but his design principals have been applied by cave and mine land managers across the country and around the world.

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