Today, 04/30/2016, the Chattanooga Times Free Press ran a front page article on SCCi’s 25th Anniversary. To read the article visit the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Big thanks to Amber Lehmann, Tripp Lichtefeld and Tom Whitehurst for volunteering to spend the day at Stephens Gap with the writer and photographer.
Did you know that the SCCi is celebrating 25 years of conserving caves? It all started in 1991 with a small group of cavers who wanted to create something new; a land conservancy dedicated solely to cave protection and access. 25 years later, their idea has turned into something much bigger than they ever imagined. […]
The Flying Squirrel, a Chattanooga bar and eatery, hosted a fundraiser for the SCCi on Wednesday, April 6. The concept was simple. SCCi was to invite as many people as possible to enjoy drinks and dinner, while the Flying Squirrel would give us 10% of their profits for the night. In addition, a local organization […]
The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to cave conservation, education, and recreation. A group of southeastern cavers formed the SCCi in 1991 and the organization currently has over 1,000 members. Membership is open to anyone interested in caves and cave conservation. The SCCi currently owns or manages 30 cave preserves on 16,475 acres in six states. We own 23 of these cave preserves, representing more than $2 million in land assets.
We are interested in caves anywhere in the southeastern US that need protection or management for conservation or access reasons. The SCCi is particularly interested in caves that are threatened with closure or destruction or those which provide a habitat for endangered species such as the gray bat, Tennessee cave salamander, or Hart’s Tongue Fern. Our mission is to preserve caves and cave environments and to manage them responsibly.