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.
The SCCi, in cooperation with the Huntsville Grotto, is proud to announce that nominations are open for the John Van Swearingen IV Stewardship Award! The award was conceived by the Huntsville Grotto in honor of long-time member, conservationist, cave steward, and SCCi Director, JV, who passed away in 2001. It is presented annually at the […]
Cavers may have heard that it’s been a challenge to access the Horse Skull/Jack’s Hole Cave Preserve lately due to lots of downed trees on the property and some issues with parking. Our great property manager Andy Zellner coordinated cutting and flagging a new trail that leads from the paved road, through the beaver swamp, […]
The SCCi is pleased to announce a new lease agreement of Varnedoe Cave. This fine cave is located within the city limits of Huntsville, Alabama and is one of the more popular multi-drop caves in the southeast. Both entrances to Varnedoe Cave can be rigged all the way to the Fox Skeleton Room where the […]