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.
As most of you probably are aware, in December, SCCi purchased a property containing Stephens Gap Cave, Pipeside Pit and three other known caves in Jackson County, Alabama. Unfortunately, working out an access agreement with the new owner of the land between the county road and SCCi’s property boundary near Pipeside Pit is taking longer […]
We are happy to announce that the Buy a Piece of Stephens Gap Cave Preserve eStore is now active. Named features are first come, first served so don’t delay if you have one in mind! Follow this link to see what features are still available or to reserve a slice of the Pit or Walkdown Entrances. (Please […]
Stephens Gap is one of the most beloved caves in the southeast, with a beautiful pit that cavers love and a huge walk-in entrance that draws hikers, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The SCCi is very excited to announce that we now own this fantastic cave! Located in the heart of Jackson County, AL, the Stephens […]