Save the Caves!
We in the Western Region are fortunate to have numerous caves on
public land, and good relationships with landowners. But many caves are in
danger of vandalism, harm to unique biological specimens, or even being
quarried away. (Have you ever seen a cave with its walls removed? It's not a
pretty sight.) There are a number of organizations that are concerned with
acquiring and managing cave and karst properties, so that the caves may be
enjoyed into the future.
What is a cave "conservancy?"
A cave conservancy is an organization that has as its main
objective the purchase and management of cave or karst properties, generally in
a particular geographic region. There are several cave conservancies affiliated
with the NSS, including two of particular interest to those in the Western
Conservancy of Hawai'i is a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving
the cave systems within the state of Hawai'i. The CCH acquires and manages
caves for scientific study, educates individuals interested in speleology, and
conserves cave resources on the islands of Hawai`i. Several caves in Hawai'i
have significant archeological, biological, paleontological or geological
resources. These caves need the protection of caring individuals like yourself.
The Western Cave
Conservancy is dedicated to securing permanent protection for threatened
caves in the western continental United States.
For a full list of cave conservancies affiliated with the NSS,
see the Official
List of NSS Cave Conservancies under the
Cave Conservancies Committee
What is a cave "preserve?"
The NSS either owns or manages several cave properties. These
are called cave "preserves."
Great X (or Great
Expectations Cave) is the newest NSS preserve, and the only cave that the NSS
has outright purchased in the Western United States. However, the NSS needs
help to pay off the mortage.
For a full list of NSS cave preserves see the
NSS Preserves Page.
How can you help?
All of the above organizations cannot do their work without
donations. Please take the time to look at the webpages, and familiarize
yourself with the goals of each organization. Donating funds or assets -- even
a small amount will help. If you work for a company that has a matching gift
program, even better. Encourage your friends and family to donate on your
behalf in lieu of a gift (who needs more stuff to clutter up the house
anyhow?). Let your caving friends know that they too have an opportunity to
"save the caves."
And remember to always "cave
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Last update: 10 June 2004