The

Georgia Speleological Survey

of the National Speleological Society

 
 

The Georgia Speleological Survey (GSS) is an archival organization for the exploration, documentation, and study of caves in Georgia (USA). The GSS has approximately 100 members and is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society (NSS) and is a member of the Southeastern Regional Association (SERA) of the NSS.

The GSS maintains a record of caves and karst features in Georgia. A cave must be at least 30 feet of length, depth, or total traverse for inclusion in its GSS Cave Listing. Currently there are over 600 caves of record. The GSS maintains a separate Karst Feature Listing. The GSS has survey instruments for mapping caves available to its members for a small fee.

Constitution of the GSS

GSS Contacts Page information on current officers and positions and how to contact them.

GSS Membership/Sales information on how to become a member and GSS products for sale.

Forms for Reporting Caves & Other Useful Information various reporting forms, information on Georgia geology, and latitude / longitude rulers.

2014 GSS Annual Meeting Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 10 a.m. at the Frick’s Cave Preserve

The Annual Meeting of the Georgia Speleological Survey (GSS) has been scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Southeastern Cave Conservancy's Frick's Cave Preserve near LaFayette, Georgia. The GSS meeting will include officer elections, an update on recent finds in Georgia, distribution of the 2013 "Bulletin", and updated cave listings will be available to members in either printed or electronic format. Due to its sensitive nature, access to Frick's Cave will NOT be allowed. Participants should note that area residents have a "no dogs" policy so please leave your pets at home. The meeting will be held outside, so bring your lawn-chairs and appropriate clothing. The meeting's location is between Lafayette and Trenton about three miles southwest from the intersection of Georgia Highways 136 and 193. GSS members may consult their listing for the Frick's coordinates. Please contact Brent Aulenbach at (770) 279-7674, gssweb@bellsouth.net or the GSS Website: www.caves.org/survey/gss/ for further information.

After the meeting there will be an excursion to Lula Lake Land Trust up on top of Lookout Mountain, about a 25 minute drive from Frick's Cave. The Trust will be allowing public visitation to the property on that day. There are many sandstone caves downstream of Lula Falls, (110' high falls, one of Georgia's best). GSS Members will have the opportunity to visit the caves, help survey some of the unmapped caves, and ridgewalk. The caves are "real" caves, with the longest cave 443' long and 56' deep, so you will want to bring a helmet & light, gloves, and kneepads (and survey gear) in addition to hiking clothes. While we ARE allowed to visit the caves on the Trust, please pack your caving gear in a backpack to minimize undue attention to the caves from others visiting the property that day. Also, please bring your lunch to eat at Frick's after (or during) the meeting so we can make the most of our time at Lula Lake! The Trust gates close around 5 pm. 

For information on past meetings, visit the Meetings page.

2013 GSS Bulletin Call For Articles - Deadline February 21st, 2014

Fellow Cavers, the Georgia Speleological Survey (GSS) is preparing its 2013 GSS Bulletin and we need your articles! The Bulletin seeks original manuscripts, maps and photos concerning the scientific study, history,and exploration of Georgia caves.See www.caves.org/survey/gss for the index of articles, to get ideas, etc.

We are especially proud to provide a forum for the publication of mapping and survey projects that involve Georgia's caves. Projects that are "in process" but not 100% complete are also welcome and may be published in the 2013 Bulletin or archived for publication at a later date. Now is the time for those of you with such projects to submit your narratives, photographs, and maps for publication and recording in Georgia's "official" speleological publication.

Please submit articles for the Bulletin via email (or send us a hyperlink to your download site) to georgiacaver@gmail.com <georgiacaver@gmail.com>. Please send articles as a plain text format and/or file. Also format any accompanying maps, graphics or photos as separate files in eps, tif or pdf formats as appropriate. We will also accept jpg and other bitmap images; however, the finished quality may suffer and were serve the right to edit such images. For larger articles and graphics, you may send us the web link to your download site address by emailing to georgiacaver@gmail.com.

My US postal mail address is unchanged from previous years. Those that need it or are retrieving it for a friend, please grab it from the GSS web site at www.caves.org/survey/gss.

February 21st, 2014, is the deadline for submissions. If you have any questions, please drop me an email at the email address above.

Thanks for your interest.

Brian

Something is Killing our Bats - Information about White-Nose Syndrome

As you may already know, hundreds of thousands of hibernating bats have died over the past three years in Northeastern U.S down to Virginia. While it is currently not known if it is a cause or a symptom, a tell-tale sign is a strain of white fungus that is found on the muzzle and other parts of the body of bats, and is referred to as White-Nose Syndrome,  One of the best sources of information is found on the following U.S. Fish and Wildlife website: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/white_nose.html.

While White-Nose Syndrome has not been currently documented as far south as Georgia, as a precaution, it is suggested that cavers do not visit caves inhabited with lots of hibernating bats and that clothes and gear be thoroughly cleaned between visiting different caves to limit the spread of the fungus between caves. The most up-to-date suggested decontamination procedures are available here: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/whitenosemessage.html .

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) has adopted a Cave Visitation Policy for WNS Concerns and is posted on the SCCi WNS News page at http://scci.org/News/WNS_2009.html.

Frick's Cave Resurvey Project, Walker County, Georgia

The GSS has an ongoing survey project at Frick’s Cave in Walker County, Georgia. Note that the GSS has obtained special permission to survey this closed cave from the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. For more information on the project, when trips are scheduled, and how you can participate, click here.

Closed Cave Lists

Caves are closed to protect the cave, its formations, biota, and archeological resources, or because the owner does not want people on his/her property or in his/her caves for one reason or another. Some caves are always closed while other caves are open only at certain times of the year or with special permission or requirements of the landowner. These lists provided include many of the more widely visited caves and are by no means an exhaustive list of the open status of all caves in the southeast. You are ultimately responsible for obtaining proper permission from the landowner before entering their caves.

Closed and Limited Access Caves of TAG List of closed and limited access caves in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Maintained by the Dogwood City Grotto.

Significant Bat Cave List List of restricted access bat caves in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Maintained by the Nashville Grotto and the Central Basin Grotto.

Georgia Hunting Information

Hunting seasons vary greatly from one locale to another. For more information visit the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resource Division website or download the hunting regulations for 2013-2014 at http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations.

Useful Links

NSS Affiliated Caving Grottos (Clubs) in or near Georgia

Other NSS Affiliated State Cave Surveys

Survey & Cartography Section of the NSS

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.

Go up to Southeastern Regional Association (SERA) Home Page

Go up to National Speleological Society Home Page

The URL for this page is http://www.caves.org/survey/gss/GSSWebsite/Home.html.
If you have any questions, comments, or corrections about this page, please contact the GSS website maintainer at gssweb@bellsouth.net.

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