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 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.
SCCi works hard to maintain good working relationships with our neighboring land owners to ensure preserve visitors have access to SCCi preserves and disturbances are kept to a minimum for our neighbors. Due to recent ongoing incidents, the landowner who owns the road to the Kennamer Cave Preserve has installed a locked gate to provide […]
Scottsboro, AL, 09/06/15 – This afternoon at approximately 1 p.m., a visitor to the Southeastern Cave Conservancy’s (SCCi) Stephens Gap Cave Preserve fell from a ledge inside the cave and suffered fatal injuries. Jackson County Rescue Squad responded to the 911 call and recovered the body. The identity of this individual is not known at […]
2015 marked the First Annual SCCi Photo and Video Competition based around our new marketing campaign Sharing the Secrets. Photographers were encouraged to submit photographs and/or videos taken on preserves owned by the SCCi in four categories - Secret Beauty, Secret Adventure, Secret Life, and Secret Water. Submissions began January 1st and ran through February 14th. The winners were […]