Archives for December 2011

December 17 Work Day at the SCCi Fox Mountain Preserve

The first of several planned work days to clear trails at the SCCi’s Fox Mountain Preserve is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, beginning at 9 AM EST. This work day will focus on clearing the trail up to Rusty’s Cave, which received a direct hit from a tornado that came through the area in April 2011.

The staging area will be at the new SCCi Fox Mountain Preserve parking area.  For directions, see: http://scci.org/News/FoxMountainAccess.html. On-site parking will be extremely limited; please carpool if possible.  All volunteers will need to complete a liability release form when they arrive; forms will be available at the volunteer registration table in the parking area.

Please bring trail-clearing hand tools, including loppers, bow saws, pruners, pole saws, pole pruners, and clippers. Work gloves and safety glasses are strongly encouraged.

Please do not bring chainsaws for this work day. We currently have enough volunteers for chainsaw work. Our greatest need will be to clear smaller debris all the way up to Rusty’s. We’d like to have a nice, wide trail by the end of the day.

Please share this announcement with your Grotto remailers. Thanks!

Southeastern Cave Conservancy End Lease of Long Island Cove

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy recently decided to end our lease of Long Island Cove. We’re really glad our members could enjoy the wonderful caves in the cove for the past two years, but we felt that the money we would spend on an additional year’s lease would be better spent in other ways. In addition, visits to the preserve significantly decreased in 2011, indicating that our members who wanted to visit the caves had done so, and were not likely to continue to visit the caves year after year. We would like to thank Tracy Wooden for generously allowing cavers to visit the fine caves on his property for the past two years.

We are very serious about managing your donations effectively and making sure that the SCCi continues to be able to acquire and lease caves we can all enjoy for generations to come.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! Thank you very much for your continuing support!