Archives for 2017

SCCi Acquires 31st Cave Preserve

On Friday, April 21 2017, we announced the purchase of the Daleo Entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world. The land surrounding the entrance, now named the Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Cave Preserve, is one mile east of Mammoth Cave National Park and protects 88 acres of classic karst on the Mammoth Cave Plateau.

Southeastern Cave Conservancy
The Daleo Entrance is now the only entrance to the Mammoth Cave system outside the national park owned by a conservation organization.

The preserve includes a number of caves, most notably the Daleo Entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave. The Daleo entrance is a significant portal into much of the cave system, and its acquisition is important in the overall goal of protecting the unique resources of the longest cave on earth.

“With this acquisition, SCCi continues its mission of protecting significant caves in the southeast United States,” said SCCi Board Chair, Brian Krebs. “Now, the Daleo Entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave will be protected forever and accessible for recreational caving and scientific exploration. It is with great pride we announce this purchase and look forward to working with the broader cave conservation community of Kentucky.”

SCCi would like to recognize the National Speleological Society (NSS) for its gift of $5,000 toward the purchase of the Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Cave Preserve. The NSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration, study, and protection of caves and their environments, and foster fellowship among cavers.

Those interested in supporting the Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Cave Preserve acquisition and stewardship, can do so here: http://scci.org/daleo.

As part of National Park Week, SCCi held a formal announcement at the Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor’s Center. The Cave Research Foundation (CRF) hosted a reception and meet & greet with SCCi following the announcement.

2017 Member Appreciation Day @ Frick’s Cave Preserve

Each year we open Frick’s Cave for ONE DAY ONLY for our members and their guests to enjoy as our way of thanking them for their membership and support.

After exploring the cave, please join us for hot food and a presentation by Dr. Robert Handford on local geology and cave formations!

To help our volunteers plan please RSVP here.

Date: February 4, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 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!

Location:

SCCi Fricks Cave Preserve
1536 Fricks Gap Road
Chickamauga, GA 30707
How to get there:
From the intersection of GA 136 and GA 193 (between LaFayette and Trenton, GA),  go south on GA 193 2.1 miles to Harold Stephens Road. Turn right. Continue until you dead end into Frick’s Gap Road. Turn left. Follow this road to the signs for the open house parking.
Questions:
Email us at marketing@scci.org
Call us at (423) 771-9671