The Yorkshire Dales and Craven Lowlands have a diverse landscape that reflects the underlying geology and its history. The auditing and protection of this geodiversity is important to help preserve the landscape and the underlying geology. It is also important to help integrate the needs of the local population, education, recreation and science with quarrying and the National need for aggregate. This draft Action Plan sets out a framework of actions for auditing, recording and monitoring the geodiversity of the Dales and Craven lowlands. As its title indicates, it is a draft and subject to change as comments are made and incorporated. The implementation of the Action Plan is also dependent on funding becoming available. For this draft, the North Yorkshire Geodiversity Partnership is particularly thankful for the support of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, administered by English Nature, and the Landscape, Access and Recreation side of the Countryside Agency. It is also very grateful to the organisations of the authors and steering group listed below (and whose logos appear on the front cover) that have invested staff time and money to make this draft Action Plan a reality. Over time, the plan will evolve and Adrian Kidd, the project officer (address below) welcomes suggestions and comments, which will help to formulate the final version of the Geodiversity Action Plan. This plan and future updates will be placed on the North Yorkshire Geodiversity Partnership web site http://www.nygp.org.uk and on the ‘Your Dales Rocks’ website http://www.yourdalesrocks.org.u
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