WHAT IS VOLUNTEER VALUE?
Cavers give more time,
labor, and expertise, spend more of their own money, and are recognized for
more project persistence than any other land using group in
But how do we calculate Volunteer Value? Why should cavers even try to document Volunteer Value? By calculating and recording our Volunteer Value, we can quantify the benefits that cavers provide to public land managers and private landowners. By assigning dollar values and adding up the sums, we are creating documentation that can be used for grant application processes, cave management proposals, and karst protection battles.
worksheets: for cave projects everywhere
In order to calculate Volunteer Value, three simple forms have been created for recording caver contributions. These generic worksheets are designed to fill out in the field and can be used for documenting in-kind volunteer labor, expertise, and contributions for any cave project. Suggested dollar values can be assigned, or specific values can be assigned for specialized skills.
These forms can be used to document Volunteer Value for all cave projects-survey, cartography, inventory, science, administration, restoration, clean-up, and conservation-in-cave work as well as preparation and documentation. Volunteer Value represents huge contributions to caves on private, state, and federal lands.
In order to calculate
Volunteer Value, three simple forms have been designed for recording caver
contributions. These generic forms follow the guidelines set forth in the
agreement and should be used for documenting in-kind volunteer labor,
expertise, and contributions for any cave project. These forms can be
used to document Volunteer Value for all cave projects,
anywhere—Volunteer Value represents huge
contributions to caves on private, state, and federal lands. The forms
will facilitate design of a national database to handle volunteer information
that will be included in proposed
In the future, a national
database will be designed to handle volunteer information for inclusion in
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