The National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC) received its charter from the National Speleological Society in 1979, and serves as the Societys representative on issues of cave rescue training and operations. It is a volunteer group developed primarily to train and track cave rescue resources throughout the United States. The NCRC is specifically NOT a functional cave rescue team, rather it provides training and development opportunities for persons and organizations engaged in cave rescue activities. Thus, while many of the persons associated with the NCRC perform rescues, they do this as members of their local rescue squads, civil defense units, or cave rescue groups. The NCRC is a component of the Department of the Administrative Vice-President of the National Speleological Society (NSS).
The Indiana Karst Conservancy
is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Indiana's unique
karst features. The IKC was formed by concerned individuals when it was apparent that no similar
group was actively protecting such features for their inherent geological, biological, and archaeological
The purposes of the IKC are the management, protection, and acquisition of the karst areas in Indiana. The IKC also supports research and promotes education related to karst and its appropriate use. Many of today's abuses in karst areas arise from lack of understanding and knowledge.
An unusual group of students, faculty, staff, and townspeople who share in the common interest of both cave conservation and the experience of crawling around in holes in the ground. We offer monthly caving trips and equipment along with the guidance of proper techniques and equipment use needed to explore caves safely.
Indiana Cave Survey was formed
about 1986 when some cavers in Indiana saw the need for a specialized organization dedicated to
cataloging all cave and karst features in the state.
As part of this effort several
tasks for the Indiana Cave Survey were identified. One was to maintain a database of all caves
as well as other karst features such as springs, sinks and swallowholes, and even openings which
do not currently meet the Survey's definition of a cave, usually because the passage is found
to be too short.