The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) is a tax-exempt not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to cave acquisition, conservation, and management. A group of southeastern cavers formed the SCCi in 1991 and the organization currently has about 800 members. Membership is open to anyone interested in caves and cave conservation.The SCCi currently owns 1,390 acres and manages an additional 16,400 acres of land in six states. We own 52 caves, 22 cave preserves, and over $2 million in land assets. We manage five additional preserves with 132 caves.
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.
Ticket sales for the 2nd Annual SCCi Christmas Party are LIVE! This year’s event will be held at The Chattanoogan Hotel, a lovely venue in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Guests will be treated to a special presentation by Jennifer Pinkley who will describe the early years of discovery and exploration in the 1960s and share a wide variety […]
We are pleased to report that our newest acquisition, Run To The Mill Cave in central Tennessee, is still open for visitation! SCCi purchased this long-closed cave in October 2013, only to have to close it for the winter in December when we discovered a significant population of hibernating Indiana bats in the main cave […]
Last year, the SCCi hosted our first annual Christmas Party at our Tumbling Rock preserve. It was a huge success and everyone had a great time–except it was really cold! We’re planning our 2nd annual Christmas party for Saturday, December 13. Mark your calendars! To make sure we all stay warmer this year, the party […]