Archives for April 2016

SCCi Makes Chattanooga Front Page

Today, 04/30/2016, the Chattanooga Times Free Press ran a front page article on SCCi’s 25th Anniversary. To read the article visit the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Big thanks to Amber Lehmann, Tripp Lichtefeld and Tom Whitehurst for volunteering to spend the day at Stephens Gap with the writer and photographer.

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SCCi Celebrates 25 Years!

Did you know that the SCCi is celebrating 25 years of conserving caves? 20_years_logo It all started in 1991 with a small group of cavers who wanted to create something new; a land conservancy dedicated solely to cave protection and access. 25 years later, their idea has turned into something much bigger than they ever imagined. The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) is now the largest land conservancy devoted specifically to caves. SCCi owns and leases 170 caves on 30 preserves in 6 states. It has succeeded through the hard work of many individuals, good timing, and patience.

As SCCi continues growing beyond its 25th year, the organization is primed to continue buying significant caves, engaging more people in the mission of cave conservation, and educating our communities about the importance of preserving caves and karst environments. Last year, SCCi acquired Stephens Gap and Johnsons Crook preserves, two significant purchases that cavers and nature lovers alike will enjoy for generations to come. It also hired its first full-time employee, an Executive Director. SCCi is actively engaged with numerous conservation partners, always setting the example for balancing environmental conservation with continued recreational access.

There are many ways to get involved with SCCi and be a part of its next 25 years. Basic membership, sustaining membership, Buy A Piece of the Cave, and other giving opportunities allow SCCi to remain on solid financial footing. Volunteers are regularly needed for special events like cave cleanups and other important functions. The Valhalla Society is a way to give to the SCCi from your estate or life insurance policy and ensure caves are protected even after you are gone.

However you choose to get involved, rest assured you will be part of an organization like no other. For more information, visit www.scci.org or call 423-771-9671 Ex 101.

Successful Fundraiser at Chattanooga Bar & Eatery

The Flying Squirrel, a Chattanooga bar and eatery, hosted a fundraiser for the SCCi on Wednesday, April 6.  The concept was simple.  SCCi was to invite as many people as possible to enjoy drinks and dinner, while the Flying Squirrel would give us 10% of their profits for the night.  In addition, a local organization named the Lamp Post Group, would match the total by 10% , totaling 20% of that evening’s profits.  SCCi was invited to set up promotional materials inside the restaurant and provide information about our organization.  We had a huge crowd of supporters and interested patrons.  We raised over $1,000 total for that night.  Many thanks to everyone who came out to support us.

Annual Member’s Meeting

5313320649_b712c31b11_oThe SCCi board of directors invites you to attend the 2016 annual members meeting on May 21, 2016  at John T. Dolberry Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve. The annual meeting will begin at 4 pm CST. The board will hold its quarterly business meeting on the preserve beginning at 1:00 pm CST. Both meetings are open to current SCCi members and their guests.

You and your guests are also invited to a cookout immediately following the annual meeting.

Members are also allowed to enjoy exploring the cave that day.  Members who intend on camping should email that preserve team at tumblingrock@scci.org. Camping is allowed on Friday and Saturday night. The preserve street address is 3407 County Road 111, Fackler, AL.

If you have questions or need more information, please call 423-771-9671 Ex 101 or send .an email to info@scci.org.