Clothing and gear used within the WNS confirmed 22-state (Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia), and 5 Canadian Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec) should not be transported or used outside of that region, as USFWS advises.
Safety is critical in caving, it is a core value of the NSS, and a key component of our caving culture. As an organization, we embrace safe caving as the only way to
explore caves. I encourage those curious about caves to read, study, and practice the proven techniques found here and in many books on caving.
As the current Chairperson of the Safety and Techniques Committee, I am pleased to start several initiatives, including an advisory group, to spread the message that
we value safe and environmentally responsible caving.
It is my sincere hope that together we will eliminate injuries, illnesses and fatalities in caving and at the same time effectively protect all life that visits or
resides within cave environments.