Archives for February 2015

SCCi People’s Choice Photo Contest on Facebook – Vote for Your Favorites!

Photo entries are posted on the SCCi Facebook page for this year’s contest; now it is up to you to help us select the People’s Choice winner! The photo with the most “likes” by February 27 at 11 PM Eastern will be the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Please be sure to share these photos and encourage all of your friends to vote, both cavers and non-cavers alike. Please also share with other groups on Facebook with an interest in photography, outdoors, hiking, etc.

At the conclusion of the contest, photographers names and preserve names will be added to the photos.

Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve is open!

StephenAlvarez3 - permission granted

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. is excited to announce that our Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve is now open for visitation! Under an access agreement with the owner of the property crossed by the hiking trail to the preserve, SCCi is now issuing permits to visit this unique place. Permit requests can be completed electronically; details are available on the Stephens Gap preserve web page. Visitors will need to complete and return a liability waiver and the Clean Caving Questionnaire with their permit request, and place the issued permit on the dashboard of your parked vehicle while you are visiting the preserve. Permit requests and questions about the permit process should be emailed to the preserve managers at stephensgap@scci.org.

SCCi purchased Stephens Gap Cave last December, protecting it forever! But we need to raise $150,000 to cover our acquisition and stewardship costs; will you help? You can make a secure online donation today at http://www.scci.org/support/. You can “buy” an honorary piece of Stephens Gap Cave, join SCCi as a regular or sustaining member, increase your current sustaining contribution level, or make a one-time donation. SCCi is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

If you’ve already made a donation in support of SCCi’s acquisition of Stephens Gap, thank you!

Not ready to join as a member or make a financial contribution, but want to stay connected with SCCi? By providing us with your contact information, you can stay informed about exciting SCCi news and announcements!

Ron Miller
Chair
Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.

Photo ©Stephen Alvarez. Used with permission.

Hollow Ridge Preserve gets new gates!

The Gating of Hollow Ridge Cave: A SCCi Preserve

Allen, Kristen and Uriah at entrance #1 gate with lock

Allen, Kristen and Uriah at entrance #1 gate with lock

On December 5-7, 2014 a group of cavers met to gate Hollow Ridge Cave in Jackson County, Florida. This was necessary because the county was in the process of building hiking trails just downhill of the bluff line where the lower cave entrances are located. The gates were constructed to keep out vandals and to keep people from getting lost in the cave which contains 3400’ of surveyed passage. There are also rare cave fauna that need protection.

Kristin Bobo designed the cave gates and provided her expertise in installation. Her Assistant, Uriah Pryor, cut the steel. The hauling group consisted of Allen Mosler, Bufford Pruitt, and Tevis Kouts. Tiffiny Kouts, Terrin Kouts, and D’Ann Mosler ran errands. Guy Yates helped return some of the equipment to Tallahassee.

It took three days to build four gates. The gate at Entrance 1 (with lock) was located at the upper entrance and is 3’x8’ in size. The gates at Entrance 2 were located 70’ inside the entrance and are 3’x3’ and 6’x2.5’ at the flood plain level. Entrance Gates 3 & 4 were placed 30’ inside the cave and block three of the mid-bluff entrances. It took about a day and a half to build each gate. The process was Kristen would measure for the needed steel, Uriah would cut the steel, and someone would carry the steel to the gate and help Kristen with the installation. The gates were impressive being made from 6”x6”x3/8” and 4”x4”x3/8” angle iron. They look bullet-proof.

In addition to the people above who provided their time and talent, I would like to thank the following grottos and cavers that made donations: Flint River Grotto, Florida Speleological Society, Middle Georgia Grotto, River City Grotto, Tamps Bay Area Grotto, Paul Aughey, Matt Fisher, Jerry Johnson, Kitty Markley, Roger Moore, Allen Mosler, Steve Nemeth, Ed Pratt, Larry Rueff, and Philip Walker. Donations of over $4000 were made that covered about 60% of the cost of building the gates. The extra steel was taken to Gainesville by Bufford Pruitt to be used in the reconstruction of Warrens Cave gate, a NSS Preserve.

This hard-working and generous group of cavers made this project a success…thank you.

Allen Mosler

Property Manager, Hollow Ridge Cave

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.

 

Frick’s Cave Open House – Membership Appreciation Event

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc is pleased to invite our members and their guests to the Frick’s Cave Annual Open House. 

Throughout the year, Frick’s Cave is closed to protect endangered bats and salamanders that live in the cave. On this ONE DAY ONLY, while the bachelor colony of bats is not present, the SCCi will open the cave to show our appreciation for your membership. After exploring the cave, please join us around the fire for hot food, a talk about the endangered bats, and announcement of the winners of the 1st SCCi Photo and Video Contest!

To help our volunteers plan please RSVP here.

Date: February 28, 2015 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Who: Open to current SCCi members and their guests.

Schedule of Events – 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Cave open for visitation, assuming summer gray bat colony has not yet returned. Note: SCCi Clean Caving Procedures will be strictly enforced! Frick’s is a stream cave, please dress accordingly.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Hot food will be available until supplies run out.
Don’t forget to RSVP so we can plan!

1:00 PM: Trina Morris, a bat biologist from GA Dept of Natural Resources, will talk about the Frick’s Cave gray bat colony.

Winners of the SCCi Photo and Video Contest will be announced after the bat talk.

Location: To protect our properties we do not publish their locations online. If you are a member and do not know where the Frick’s Cave Preserve is located please use the contact information below to obtain directions.

Questions: Email us at admin@scci.org. Call us at (423) 771-9671.