Old Hot Cave Conservation Issues and other Historical Links
These are included for historical information. External links
may not work. When files are removed from the local web,
the links will be disabled or removed. Note: As of 12/19/98 some
links have been accidentally transferred to another
file and I haven't got them sorted out yet.
Underground article by Tom Lera: Can
Underground Wilderness Remain A Reality?
No action except reading and posting your opinion on the Cave
Conservation Discussion list. This article has been
published in the March 2001 Conservation issue of the NSS NEWS.
- I just watched a documentary on PBS on the Three Gorges Dam,
which is being built across the Yangtze in China and which will
have devastating environmental effects. Although as far as I
can tell this is not a Karst protection problem, it is still
something we need to be aware of and working on. Check
out this web site for more information. (posted 10/16/00)
- Puerto Rico Land and Water Conservation
Act introduced in Congress in June needs your letters and
support (Posted 9/7/00) Act did not pass and is not being currently
considered per Tom Lera 8-15-01.
- Cumberland CTF Reconstituted
(just add hot activists and serve). (Posted 3/28/00)
- Link to new Bat Protection and Cave
Protection Laws Site. This information site includes
information produced by Tom Lera, including a summary and the
actual text of Federal and State laws that are instrumental in
protecting bats and also caves. (Site updated October 2001)
- LEGO magazine runs article promoting
cave vandalism. Your letters needed. (posted December
- A Cave Conservation Discussion List has been
established to focus communications among NSS Cave Conservation
Issues. To subscribe, send an e-mail to email@example.com
with "Subscribe" in the SUBJECT line.
- The Proceedings
of the 1997 Karst and Cave Management Symposium
have at long last been published. If you attended the
Symposium, you should get your copy soon. If you didn't
attend the 1997 Symposium, copies of the proceedings are available
from the NSS Bookstore. (10-20-99). As
of May 15, 2000 there are still a few copies not sent because we
can't confirm your address. If you attended and haven't
gotten your copy, please email Rob Stitt with your current
- See Above! Cave Formations are Being Sold on the Web at E-Bay! We are
working on getting this stopped. Your help is needed.
Check out the Selling
page. If you'd like to help out, e-mail
me. (posted 3-12-99). or as of 10/20/99 email David@Jagnow.com
. or to Cave Conservation Discussion List at firstname.lastname@example.org
(with the word subscribe in the subject line) As of 9/1/2001, after
pressure from cavers, eBay has changed this policy. See the article
As of Nov 1, Yahoo has also changed
their policy. See the article
to the efforts of Tom Lera and others. The battle is not over yet but
these are significant steps towards the goal of stopping speleothem sales.
- Iron Curtain
Cave in BC, Canada Threatened by Quarrying Operation.
(posted 10/6/98). This well decorated cave was featured on
the Chilliwack field trip at the 1997
- Black Hills Restoration Camp coming up again in May 2000. Click
here for more information.
- The 1999 National Cave
Management Symposium will be held in October in
Chattanooga. Information is up on the Web now and on-line
registration coming soon.
Deadline for abstracts
is has been slid to September 1, 1999. (posted 3/12/99,
- Letters are needed regarding the final EIS on Strip Mining above
Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee, site of the annual TAG Fall
Cave-in. The deadline is May 4. Check here
for more information. (Posted 3/29/00)
- KICK66 Needs Letters
about new Plan for Kentucky Highway 66. (Posted 3/28/2000)
State Parks Employee FIRED
for publicly writing an article questioning the wisdom of making
Kartchner Caverns a show cave and presenting it to large numbers
of the public. Read the article
or two news releases (#79
or #80)from Public
Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
Get your e-mail skills honed; if the lawsuit doesn't get him his
job back, we may have to help. You can get more information
on the CCMS Mailing List (See below). (Posted
3/27/00) Note: as of 5/15/00 he has gotten his job
back. Read about it on the Conservation Mailing List.
- Kentucky Cavers and Others Organize KICK
66 to focus opposition to Highway I-66 proposed routes.
I've built them a mini-home page to include all the
information. Items below still go direct to their original
page (moved to a new folder). Added Call
for Action #1. (7/25/99)
- Inputs needed on Proposed expansion of the
Cave Protection Zone in Eddy County, New Mexico, USA, which
will help protect Lechuguilla and its undiscovered sister caves
from future well drilling. (Posted 7-2-99). For
background information on why we need this, see links from this
- Your letters needed to respond to proposals on Highway I-66 in
Kentucky. (See item below on same subject). Letters
are needed by July 2, 1999. Click
here for more information about what and where to send.
(Posted June 17). Click
Here for a more detailed analysis posted June 24.
- The Lead Wars Home Page points to
all the files related to this issue. (Moot as of 6/00 - the
Conservationists won, eventually.)
- USFS Fees Home Page points to all
the resources within this web site on this issue. A refined action
plan, petition, and other information are now posted and
cross-linked (May 23, 1997). Your letters are needed and will be
most effective if received by June 13, 1997. Added a new factsheet
page (June 16). Reorganized and relinked 12/29/97. and Jan
28, 1997. Given that these issues are resolved for the present,
this page will soon be removed, as of July 25, 1999)
- The BLM Issues Home Page points to
several files that discuss caving for pay on New Mexico BLM lands
and Oil/Gas Drilling near Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New
Mexico. (Resolved as of 1999)
- Cave Vandalism Prevention Reward
Given to Indiana Caver. (posted 1/23/99)
- 1999 Black Hills Restoration Camp is
coming up. Deadline for application March 12, 1999. (posted
- Clinton signs bill establishing National
Cave and Karst Research Institute (NC&KRI)
(10/30/98, posted 11/8/98)
- Doe Run withdraws permit application
for lead mining in Missouri (10/27/98)
- Resolution submitted for NSS Board
Approval supporting preservation of the Ewa
Karst in Hawaii (posted 10/25/98)
- Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness
Planning Process, including proposed Cave Wilderness, needs
your inputs. (posted 4/12/99). Deadline for input:
(TBD -- probably the next few months).
- Your Inputs needed on Organ Cave
Highway Project (link removed at request of George Dasher) by October
19!! (Posted 9/29/98)
- Cave Management
Internship Available at Jewel Cave. Apply by November 6,
1998 (Posted 9/5/98)
- Bermuda Condos threaten Caves.
Posted 8/21/98. Update with your
inputs needed, posted 8/25/98. Read
prior article from December 1997.
- New Issue of Inside
Earth (Summer 98) comes out. (USNPS Cave Newsletter on
the Web). Posted 7/27.
- West Virginia Cave
Conservancy receives its 501(c)3 designation! you can
now make donations directly to them and they will be tax
deductible. (Posted 7/27/98)
- Canadian entrepreneur Barry Sendel lost a
contract with the Mexican National Ecology Institute to install
dinosaur robots and holographs in the Caves of Cacahuamilpa, south
of Mexico City. The project was intended to serve as a model for
the privatization and marketing of the country's national wonders.
According to reports compiled in the Weekly News Update on the
Americas, the concession was withdrawn in July when the Institute
learned that Sendel had run out on a $1 million debt after his
Montreal dinosaur park went belly up.
Submitted by Steve Fairchild. This is an update to an earlier
article posted in 1995. (submitted by Steve Fairchild,
March 1998, posted 7/17/98)
- Conservation Session Schedule for
1998 NSS Convention
(Posted July 2)
- West Virginia Cave Conservancy is formed and seeking members and
donations for an active cave acquisition program. (Posted 6/21/98.
membership application, and address to send your tax-deductible
- New Guadalupe Crisis. Dragons Teeth Threatened.
Inputs needed. For
details. (Posted 5/1/98)
- Georgia anti-rabies regulation threatens Bat Education
Bats needs you to write a letter or send an e-mail.
- Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Cave
Conservancy. (posted 2/24/98)
- Church Cave and others
caves in Bermuda threatened by development. Your support
needed! (Posted 12-1-97)
- Job Opening
at Onondaga Cave, Missouri (Posted July 17) (As of July 27,
they have enough applications)
- Oregon Caves National Monument
Draft General Management Plan and EIS. Comments due by March
- US Forest Service responds to
Jagnow article and officially agrees to try NSS plan, and hold off
on implementation of their fee plan. Do Not write letters
for now. Stay tuned for more updates.
- Elm Spring Situation is
resolved (Submitted 5/19, actually posted 7/17)
- Elm Spring Update - from Jo
- CALL FOR PAPERS for 1998
Convention. If you have a Conservation or Management Paper
that you can present at this year's NSS Convention, e-mail
your Abstract to George Huppert before May 15!!
- Dear Karst Conservationist,
The Indiana Karst Conservancy (IKC) is updating its Conservation
Display. We have acquired an exhibition quality mobile display
table which we hope to have ready for its maiden voyage at Earth
Day Indiana April 25 in Indianapolis. We expect an attendance of
about 20,000 at this event. The IKC will be providing some of its
own display materials as well in addition to our Sinkhole Dumping
Brochure. Any posters or display materials which you would like to
have seen by or circulated to the public would be greatly
appreciated. Please e-mail or ground mail the writer if you have
materials which you would like to contribute or have any further
questions regarding this event. --Sincerest thanks,
Nicholas W. Noe, 534 E. Edwards Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227
317-782-3442 Home, 800-899-3812 Work, 317-371-1529 Cellular email@example.com
- In case it has not been announced before, currently at the
entrances to Target Stores is a free publication
"targeted" at children of shoppers, called Earth Savers.
The Winter 1998 edition has the entire front page (color) devoted
to bats and bat gates. It also has the web page address of the
NSS. This is good support for cave resources, as well as aimed at
a widespread audience. --Tom Miller (Posted 3/8/98)
- Action is needed on the US Forest Service Fee Proposal.
Dave Jagnow suggests in a forthcoming NSS NEWS article (preprinted
here with permission) that we need to crank up our letter writing
machine and let our opinions be known - NOW! Read the whole
history and background on the Fees Home
Page. Read Jagnows article.
- On April 30, May 1 and 2, 1998,
Thursday through Saturday, a cave restoration and lint cleaning
camp will be held at Lehman Caves in Great Basin National
Park. This park is in east-central Nevada near the community of
Baker. A notice on this cleanup will also appear in the next
NSS News. For further information contact: Dale Green, (801)
277-6417, 4230 Sovereign Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84124 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: As of 3/5/98 the Lint Camp is full. Try again
- March 14, 1998 (Saturday): TAG Cave
Cultural Resources Workshop. Fall
Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm cst.
Cost is $8.00 per person. Limited to 45 attendees. Information.
and current attendees list. As of 1/2/98 it's almost full, so
register now if you are interested! If you can't get in,
think about putting one on in your region.
- Cave Vandals Caught in Indiana!
Your inputs to prosecutor needed! (Posted 12-1-97).
Charges have been filed as of 12/18/97. The caver who caught
the vandals is surprised at the low number of calls to the
prosecutor. Why didn't you call?. No
more emails required. There were errors in the
posting: no phone number and a wrong address. I
have no way of checking facts on stuff sent to me. We all
need to take care to get our facts and data right! (1-2-98).
Updated 1-5-98. Only thank you letters need to prosecutor.
See the full page for
- Elm Spring
near Sullivan, MO (site of 1997 NSS Convention) has dried up due
to a change in pumping policy by the Town of Sullivan.
Check out Jo Schaper's web page and communicate your thoughts to
the Sullivan town fathers (and mothers) . Posted November
25. Your response is needed soon! Sign Jo's
Guestbook, enter your comments. She will show it to the Town
Council. Update as of 2/1/98.
- Kentucky Cave Archaeological/Burial Site
desecrated and the powers that be ignore it. (posted November 18)
Karst and Cave Symposium Web Page has been updated to include
lots of new information about the Symposium, including online
registration, schedules, paper list, etc. This site will
continue to be updated with abstracts, papers, etc. until the 1999
symposium occurs. As of December 18, I have pictures ready
to be put up.
- Lechuguilla may be threatened by more Oil/Gas drilling.
More information coming soon. (posted October 12). Please
e-mail me with info if you have any! (1-2-98)
- NSS President Dave Luckins responds
to USFS Business Plan for Fee Collection. Posted
9/15/97. Your comments and inputs to the USFS
would help get this issue resolved. As of 10-10-97, the plan is on
hold. If anyone knows current status, please e-mail
- USFS puts Fee Demo on hold, but it could come back when a
decision is made, any time. (October 10)
- Papoose Cave (Idaho) Management Plan
Released for Comments. Posted 5/2/97. Comments due by June 13,
- Cave Conservancy Foundation offers a
Karst Fellowship to qualified students.
- The Next Level with respect to
Cave Use Fees in New Mexico and Arizona. Your letters to Congress
and others are needed NOW! Posted 3/29/97. Added Texas addresses
and a link to a search page 4/8/97.
- Lecheguilla Restoration. Cave
Microbiology and Impacts on Caves. Posted 3/29/97.
Gulf in Tennessee has been closed to recreational access after
a recent battle against a sale to timber interests. Your help is
needed to help cavers and others convince the State of Tennessee
purchase it for a wilderness park. They need to raise $500,000
this year! posted 3/26/97
- Missouri Lead Wars Action Needed. Dave
Jagnow's April NSS NEWS Article. Comments
needed ASAP! posted 3-13-97. Published in April 1997 NSS
- The Cave Land Trust Page!
- Call for Papers and Announcement for the 1997
Karst and Cave Management Symposium (13th National Cave
Management Symposium) Deadline for Abstracts changed to
June 1, 1997.
- The 1997 Lint Camp at Wind and Jewel
Caves is looking for Volunteers.
- BLM to sell Significant Caves in
Oregon!!! (posted 11-14-96)
- Cavers win a round in the Missouri Lead
Wars. (posted 9-25-96) More on the
Lead Wars (submitted 10-15)
- Dave Jagnow reports to the NSS. Fall
1996 Report to John Wilson. Hot News Flashes! Volunteer Positions
- Puerto Rican Karst is Threatened by Urbanization. Details coming
soon. [They never sent me the information, so . . .]
- Lechuguilla Drilling has FINISHED! A hot flash from Dave Jagnow
reveals that Yates has given up and plugged the well! More
details are here! from August 1996
- Lechuguilla Drilling has started! Read an
update by John Lyles dated June 27, 1996. Probably nothing we
can do but say "I told you so!"
- The Section's Annual Conservation Award (for
1996) to an NSS Internal Organization was given to The Oregon
Grotto. The NSS Conservation Award went to George Huppert.
- USFS Issues Proposal for Fees for
Caving in the Guadalupes . As of August 17, 1996 this issue,
formerly thought dead, has come back to life. Detailed information
coming soon. (See Above).
Cave (world's longest lava tube) threatened by a road building
project. Letters needed. 12/12/95
Update. Letters Still Needed! See article in November 1995 NSS
News for more information about the cave! 12/19/95
Update. Partial success but letters still needed!!! As of
January 17, there are signs of possible cooperation developing
between the government and the cavers-but don't hold your breath.
More information soon. As of 2/9, a note from Bill says things are
under control and the caves are saved. As of 3/9, more info has
been received and will be posted soon; including the draft EIS and
a letter from Bill praising it. Comments deadline is March 25,
1996. Well, as of April 6 I still don't have it posted. The
bottom line is the situation is apparently well in hand. I'll post
more when I hear if from Bill. As of August 17, Bill
reports that the fact that this information was posted on the
Internet was a big factor in tipping the balance towards
preserving the caves. More on this later.
- Read the Blackwell
Report on Karst in a Forested Environment - Vancouver Island,
Formations for sale in Hong Kong.
- Gordon Mothes, owner of the Friars Hole Cave Preserve in West
Virginia, died of a heart attack on March 5. At his request, there
will be no funeral. (email from Dave Cowan - 3/7/96)
- Find out how to participate in the 1996 Black
Hills Lint Camp. Experts in Cleaning and Restoring Wet
Formations are also needed. Deadline is March 15 for applying.
Cave for Pay Issue: Petition that was submitted to the BLM
Note: A new BLM issue has arisen (Commercial Cave Guides) and information
updated to May 25 has been posted. Results
of the June 15 meeting between cavers and the BLM. BLM
Issues its [predictable] Findings (August 23)
- New Mexico BLM Does it to us AGAIN! But
it should be fixed by now (Nov 28)
Coa Dam Issue and Web
Page for it (in Portuguese and English). This has been
resolved according to an article in Archaeology Magazine.
threatened at Mexico's Cacahuamilpa Cave. If you know anything
new, please email us with details.
Guidelines for Cave and Karst Protection Draft - All comments
should have been submitted by now! (February 9, 1996) You can
follow the process through via this link.
- Dave Jagnow named NSS Conservation Chairman (coming eventually,
when we get him on the Internet).
- He issues a hot request for letters to Congress about the Tongass
National Forest Logging Bill. (September 95). Read about the
issues in an article from the October 1 Juneau