Archives for June 2017

Science Awards Announced

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) announces the inception of the Annual Science Awards program to help fund scientific and conservation research projects on SCCi preserves.  As the nation’s largest and most successful land conservancy devoted to acquiring and protecting caves, the SCCi understands that scientific research must be part of our mission. We firmly believe that research is essential to conserving karst resources and it is a foundation upon which good stewardship must depend.

We aim to have a well-rounded research program with focus mainly towards cave/karst topics in geology, geochemistry, hydrology, biology, environmental science and archaeology.  The SCCi currently protects 171 caves on 31 preserves in 6 states.  Any one of these would be worthy of various types of scientific investigations.

The SCCi is now accepting grant proposals from non-profit caving groups, independent scientists, university/college faculty members, and undergraduate-graduate students for conducting research projects at SCCi properties, beginning in 2017.  Funds can only be given to a not-for-profit organization or education institution. For this year, there are 3 annual awards of $1,500 each for (1) geology, geochemistry, or hydrology, (2) biology (zoology and botany) and (3) environmental/archaeological projects.

All proposals must be submitted using the SCCi research proposal online.  The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017. A team of reviewers will evaluate all proposals and base their decisions on scientific merit.  Decisions will be announced by September 1, 2017.  If an awarded project is to continue into the following year, the researcher(s) may submit a proposal for a research extension.  Results from the research must be submitted to the SCCi as a written report or thesis.  We encourage publishing in scientific journals but the SCCi reserves the right to review each report for approval/disapproval prior to publishing.

To submit a grant request visit https://permits.scci.org/annual-science-awards. You must register to complete a grant request. For more information email robert.handford@scci.org

 

2017 Annual Report Available

If you would like to learn about SCCi’s accomplishments over the 2017 fiscal year, you can read the report at http://2017annualreport.scci.org. Great years like this are only possible because of the ongoing support of our members, sustaining members, donors and volunteers. Thank you!

Board Candidate Nominations Open

Call for Board Candidate Nominations

 

SCCi is the world’s largest land conservancy solely dedicated to cave and karst conservation. The Board of Directors provides strategic oversight for the organization including stewardship of 31 cave preserves, responsible planning for future acquisitions and the management of over $2 million in assets. Currently, SCCi has a 5-year strategic plan which provides for the future growth and direction of the organization. You can read a summary of that plan by clicking here.

Each year a portion of the Board is selected by membership to three year terms. This year there are four positions up for vote.You can self nominate by sending an email with a position statement (in Word or PDF format) to elections@scci.org before midnight July 12, 2017. Only members in good standing as of June 10, 2017 can run for a board seat.

The following should be reviewed before deciding to run for the a board seat.

Expectations of Board Members

  • Must be willing to actively serve a full 3-year term, if elected.
  • Must know and support SCCi’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Must acknowledge the accountability, legal liabilities, and possibility of exposure to litigation while serving as a Director.
  • Must acknowledge that as a Director they will be considered ambassadors for SCCi and will be viewed as such by everyone. Individual actions will reflect on the SCCi as a whole.
  • Must recognize the cost, both in time & money, associated with board service. Examples may include telephone expense, property research, and travel to attend meetings and events.
  • Must have email capability as much of SCCi business is conducted outside of scheduled meetings.
  • Beneficial to have attended previous Board meeting(s) to see how SCCi conducts its business.
  • Beneficial to possess knowledge, skill, and experience with financial matters for running a business. Being able to understand the nuances of the annual operating budget, the balance sheet, and the income statements prepared by the Treasurer is critical to the continued success of the SCCi.
  • Beneficial to possess leadership experience obtained from either career venues or from serving in leadership roles in organizations outside of work.
  • Should possess an overall understanding of conservation challenges associated with caves and karst properties.
  • Support the SCCi financially according to your individual means.
  • Realize that fundraising is a major activity of SCCi. Board members are expected to take an active role in fundraising and seeking donations.

 

Schedule of Elections (all days end at midnight Eastern time)

July 12, 2017 Nominations and Candidate Statements Due

July 19, 2017 Elections Open (A voting link will be emailed. If you do not have an email address on file or your email bounces, you will be mailed a notification postcard to the address on file).

August 19, 2017 Election Closes

August 26, 2017 Results Announced at Quarterly Board Meeting

If you have questions related to the election, please send an email to elections@scci.org or call 423-771-9671 during regular business hours.