Policy & Advocacy

As the largest caving focused membership organization in the United States, the NSS works tirelessly to interface with government land management agencies. Our work focuses on helping make sure policy supports access to caves as well as their conservation and study.

Rimstone Lakes 📷 Ryan Maurer
Next Generation 📷 Kelly Smallwood

Government Liason Committee

The Government Liason Committee carries on the NSS' work of interfacing with Federal land management agencies like the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. By staying on top of news, opening lines of communication, and creating legal agreements with the Federal government, they provide a voice for caves and cavers at the national level.

Policy & Advocacy Resources:

WW 📷 Jacob Lieber
WW 📷 Jacob Lieber

Why Federal

Partnerships Work

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National Resources, National Treasures

Voids Expedition 📷 Stephen Eginoire
Voids Expedition 📷 Stephen Eginoire

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Cephalopod Maltshop in Great Expectations Cave. Photo by Hazel Barton
Cephalopod Maltshop in Great Expectations Cave. Photo by Hazel Barton

Great Expectations

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Grand Canyon Caves

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Partnerships in Action

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Dolomite Towers 📷 Pete Johnson
Dolomite Towers 📷 Pete Johnson

Federal Cave Resources Protection Act

Passed in 1988, The Federal Cave Resources Protection Act was a pivotal piece of legislation that helps to secure, protect, and preserve significant caves on federal land. Written with NSS input, it has helped to conserve caves ever since.