The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) announces the inception of the Annual Science Awards program to help fund scientific and conservation research projects on SCCi preserves.  As the nation’s largest and most successful land conservancy devoted to acquiring and protecting caves, the SCCi understands that scientific research must be part of our mission. We firmly believe that research is essential to conserving karst resources and it is a foundation upon which good stewardship must depend. We aim to have a well-rounded research program with focus mainly towards cave/karst topics in geology, geochemistry, hydrology, biology, environmental science and archaeology.  The SCCi currently protects 171 caves on 31 preserves in 6 states.  Any one of these would be worthy of various types of scientific investigations. The SCCi is now accepting grant proposals from non-profit caving groups, independent scientists, university/college faculty members, and undergraduate-graduate students for conducting research projects at SCCi properties, beginning in 2017.  Funds can only be given to a not-for-profit organization or education institution. For this year, there are 3 annual awards of $1,500 each for (1) geology, geochemistry, or hydrology, (2) biology (zoology and botany) and (3) environmental/archaeological projects. All proposals must be submitted using the SCCi research proposal online.  The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017. A team of reviewers will evaluate all proposals and base their decisions on scientific merit.  Decisions will be announced by September 1, 2017.  If an awarded project is to continue into the following year, the researcher(s) may submit a proposal for a research extension.  Results from the research must be submitted to the SCCi as a written report or thesis.  We encourage publishing in scientific journals but the SCCi reserves the right to review each report for approval/disapproval prior to publishing. To submit a grant request visit You must register to complete a grant request. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

If you would like to learn about SCCi's accomplishments over the 2017 fiscal year, you can read the report at Great years like this are only possible because of the ongoing support of our members, sustaining members, donors and volunteers. Thank you!

Call for Board Candidate Nominations

SCCi is the world's largest land conservancy solely dedicated to cave and karst conservation. The Board of Directors provides strategic oversight for the organization including stewardship of 31 cave preserves, responsible planning for future acquisitions and the management of over $2 million in assets. Currently, SCCi has a 5-year strategic plan which provides for the future growth and direction of the organization. You can read a summary of that plan by clicking here.
Each year a portion of the Board is selected by membership to three year terms. This year there are four positions up for vote.You can self nominate by sending an email with a position statement (in Word or PDF format) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight July 12, 2017. Only members in good standing as of June 10, 2017 can run for a board seat.
The following should be reviewed before deciding to run for the a board seat.
Expectations of Board Members

  • Must be willing to actively serve a full 3-year term, if elected.

  • Must know and support SCCi’s mission and strategic plan.

  • Must acknowledge the accountability, legal liabilities, and possibility of exposure to litigation while serving as a Director.

  • Must acknowledge that as a Director they will be considered ambassadors for SCCi and will be viewed as such by everyone. Individual actions will reflect on the SCCi as a whole.

  • Must recognize the cost, both in time & money, associated with board service. Examples may include telephone expense, property research, and travel to attend meetings and events.

  • Must have email capability as much of SCCi business is conducted outside of scheduled meetings.

  • Beneficial to have attended previous Board meeting(s) to see how SCCi conducts its business.

  • Beneficial to possess knowledge, skill, and experience with financial matters for running a business. Being able to understand the nuances of the annual operating budget, the balance sheet, and the income statements prepared by the Treasurer is critical to the continued success of the SCCi.

  • Beneficial to possess leadership experience obtained from either career venues or from serving in leadership roles in organizations outside of work.

  • Should possess an overall understanding of conservation challenges associated with caves and karst properties.

  • Support the SCCi financially according to your individual means.

  • Realize that fundraising is a major activity of SCCi. Board members are expected to take an active role in fundraising and seeking donations.

Schedule of Elections (all days end at midnight Eastern time)
July 12, 2017 Nominations and Candidate Statements Due
July 19, 2017 Elections Open (A voting link will be emailed. If you do not have an email address on file or your email bounces, you will be mailed a notification postcard to the address on file).
August 19, 2017 Election Closes
August 26, 2017 Results Announced at Quarterly Board Meeting
If you have questions related to the election, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 423-771-9671 during regular business hours.
On Friday, April 21 2017, we announced the purchase of the Daleo Entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world. The land surrounding the entrance, now named the Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Cave Preserve, is one mile east of Mammoth Cave National Park and protects 88 acres of classic karst on the Mammoth Cave Plateau.
Southeastern Cave Conservancy
The Daleo Entrance is now the only entrance to the Mammoth Cave system outside the national park owned by a conservation organization.
The preserve includes a number of caves, most notably the Daleo Entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave. The Daleo entrance is a significant portal into much of the cave system, and its acquisition is important in the overall goal of protecting the unique resources of the longest cave on earth.
“With this acquisition, SCCi continues its mission of protecting significant caves in the southeast United States,” said SCCi Board Chair, Brian Krebs. “Now, the Daleo Entrance to the Roppel section of Mammoth Cave will be protected forever and accessible for recreational caving and scientific exploration. It is with great pride we announce this purchase and look forward to working with the broader cave conservation community of Kentucky.”
SCCi would like to recognize the National Speleological Society (NSS) for its gift of $5,000 toward the purchase of the Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Cave Preserve. The NSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration, study, and protection of caves and their environments, and foster fellowship among cavers.
Those interested in supporting the Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Cave Preserve acquisition and stewardship, can do so here:
As part of National Park Week, SCCi held a formal announcement at the Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor’s Center. The Cave Research Foundation (CRF) hosted a reception and meet & greet with SCCi following the announcement.
Each year we open Frick's Cave for ONE DAY ONLY for our members and their guests to enjoy as our way of thanking them for their membership and support.
After exploring the cave, please join us for hot food and a presentation by Dr. Robert Handford on local geology and cave formations!

To help our volunteers plan please RSVP here.

Date: February 4, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Who: Open to current SCCi members and their guests.
Schedule of Events – 
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Cave open for visitation, assuming summer gray bat colony has not yet returned. Note: SCCi Clean Caving Procedures will be strictly enforced! Frick’s is a stream cave, please dress accordingly.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Hot food will be available until supplies run out.
Don’t forget to RSVP so we can plan!
SCCi Fricks Cave Preserve

1536 Fricks Gap Road

Chickamauga, GA 30707

How to get there:

From the intersection of GA 136 and GA 193 (between LaFayette and Trenton, GA),  go south on GA 193 2.1 miles to Harold Stephens Road. Turn right. Continue until you dead end into Frick's Gap Road. Turn left. Follow this road to the signs for the open house parking.


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Call us at (423) 771-9671

As we approach the end of the our 25th year, we are starting to think about what 2017 will bring for us.  It was a great year for SCCi in 2016.  We stepped it up a notch with events, marketing, fundraising, outreach, and overall publicity.  We also started hearing from more of our volunteers.  It was wonderful to see what the power of volunteering could do for events such as Bats, Beer, & Bluegrass and the TAG Fall Cave-In.  We anticipate more outreach to our volunteers and Preserve Managers in 2017, and hope to hear from each of you.
Below is our 2017 calendar so that you can save the date for many of your favorite SCCi events throughout 2017.
Feb 4 – Member's Appreciation Day at Fricks
Feb 25 – Board Meeting
March 11 – Preserve Managers Meetings
June 10 – Board Meeting and Annual Meeting
August 26 – Board Meeting
November 18 – Board Meeting

Keep your eyes open here and through our social media outlets for more SCCi initiatives, goals, and updates.  Without you, our supporters and volunteers, we couldn't move forward with our mission of conserving the caves of the Southeast.

SCCi's first ever online auction is up and live!  We have a lofty goal of $2500 and we KNOW we can do it! Our items are either hand-made or extremely unique and would make great gifts for the caver/art lover/nature lover on your Christmas or holiday gift list. Many thanks to everyone who contributed items; Bob Biddix, Glen Mills, Carolina Payne Shrewsbury, Mel Eady-Pumplin, Tim White, Bill Halliday, Jody Bailey, Kelly Smallwood, Jean Rush Huffines, Nathan Williams, and Eugenia Johnston.

You can bid on one of a kind items and more here: