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.
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 […]
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 […]