Archives for 2015

SCCi Partners with Georgia-Alabama Land Trust to Create New Cave Preserve

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The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust (GALT) and Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) are partnering to create the largest cave preserve in Georgia. The Charles B. Henson Cave Preserve at Rising Fawn will include approximately 1,300 acres of land that has been acquired by Georgia-Alabama Land Trust over a three year period in the failed subdivision known as the Preserve at Rising Fawn in Dade County.  The “Preserve“ is located in the unique and threatened landscape of Johnson’s Crook, a deep horseshoe-shaped cove with high bluffs in the Lookout Mountain ridge.

Many of the slopes of Johnson’s Crook are underlain by limestone bedrock, in which more than 30 known caves have formed. These caves are important habitat for many types of cave-dwelling species, and also have in the past been popular among recreational caving enthusiasts for their varied challenges and remarkable beauty.

According to GALT Executive Director Katherine Eddins, “Partnering with SCCi is a natural fit for this property given its extensive cave system.”

Ron Miller, SCCi Chair, adds: “We are very excited to work with GALT in managing one of Georgia’s most significant cave areas.  We are also honored that this cave preserve is being named in memory of longtime SCCi member and benefactor Chuck Henson. Johnson’s Crook and its many caves held a special place in Chuck’s heart, and he worked tirelessly in the last years of his life to save this exceptional landscape. “

The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 1994 by conservation-minded individuals in response to rapid development and encroachment of natural areas, farms and woodlands. It is now the largest private lands conservation organization in the Southeast, protecting over 268,000 acres of land with 775 voluntary conservation easements.

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1991 that protects cave and karst resources in the southeastern U.S. through management, conservation and education. The largest nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to cave conservation, SCCi owns and/or manages 30 preserves containing over 140 caves in six southeastern states.

For more information, visit http://www.scci.org/preserves/johnsons-crook-cave/

 

Access Changed to Kennamer Preserve

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 more controlled access to his lands.

Visitors to the Kennemar Cave Preserve must now request the gate code from the preserve manager by sending an email to kennamer@scci.org. Please check with the preserve manager before visiting in the event the gate code is changed.

For more information visit http://www.scci.org/preserves/kennamer-cave/.

2015 Photo Competition Winners

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 announced at our membership appreciation event, Frick’s Cave Open House, on February 28th.

There were 126 photographs submitted by 15 photographers. Five categories were judged by professional photographers who were both cavers and non-cavers. The sixth category, People’s Choice, was voted on via Facebook likes and received 72 votes (the next closest had 55 votes).

We would like to first give a special thank you to everyone who submitted photographs! The judges certainly had their work cut out for them choosing from the stunning images.

We are proud to now share the winners of the First Annual SCCi Photo Competition!

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The winning photographers received a plaque in recognition of their work.

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It’s never too early to grab your cameras and start taking pictures! This was but the first of our annual photo competitions. We are very excited to see what beautiful images our supporters come up with for next year. Don’t forget to Like our Facebook page so you do not miss our announcements about the 2016 installation of the photo competition.

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!

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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.