Nominate cave stewards for the JV Van Swearingen IV Stewardship Award!
The SCCi, in cooperation with the Huntsville Grotto, is proud to announce that nominations are open for the John Van Swearingen IV Stewardship Award!
The award was conceived by the Huntsville Grotto in honor of long-time member, conservationist, cave steward, and SCCi Director, JV, who passed away in 2001. It is presented annually at the TAG Fall Cave In.
JV served for many years as the Fern Cave Access Coordinator, providing stewardship of the Fern Cave system and preserve for both the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the SCCi.
The purpose of the award is to meaningfully recognize the stewardship efforts of an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization that has provided significant stewardship activities for one or more caves, cave preserves, or karst properties, personally conducted over an extended period of time.
The award, sponsored by the Huntsville Grotto and the SCCi, is also intended to promote long-term cave conservation and stewardship activities, and to encourage and thank those individuals and organizations who perform them.
Past winners of the JV Van Swearingen IV Stewardship Award:
2013: Chuck Henson, Rossville, GA
2012: Nathan Williams, Huntsville, AL
2011: SERA Karst Task Force (SKTF), TAG Region
2010: Tom Moltz, Byron, GA
2009: Jay Clark, Birmingham, AL
2008: Buddy Lane, Signal Mountain, TN
2007: Bill Overton, Pegram, TN
2006: Bill Birdsall, Ocala, FL
2005: Steve Pitts, Ardmore, TN
2004: Lonnie Carr, Sparta, TN
2003: Bruce Brewer, Tallahassee, FL
2002: William Oldacre, Gainesville, FL
Below is a brief timeline of SCCi Cave Preserve purchases, donations, leases, and management agreements:
Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Cave Preserve, KY
Goshen Hollow, AL
Howards Waterfall Second Entrance, GA
Varnedoe Cave Preserve, AL (leased)
Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve, AL
Run To The Mill Cave Preserve, TN
Lost Canyon Cave Preserve, GA
John T. Dolberry Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve, AL
Kay Hill Deen Fern Cave Preserve (Fern Sink aka Surprise Pit entrance), AL
Kennamer Cave (Orgy entrance) and Secret Pit (additions to Kennamer Cave Preserve), AL
Steward Spring Cave Preserve, AL
Anderson Cave Preserve, AL (management agreement)
Hollow Ridge Cave Preserve, FL (donated)
Byers Cave, GA (addition to Fox Mountain Cave Preserve)
Frenchman Knob Cave Preserve, KY
Limrock Blowing Cave Preserve, AL
Rattling Cave Preserve, TN (leased)
Wolf River Cave Preserve, TN
Snail Shell Cave Preserve, TN
Valhalla Cave Preserve, AL
Hound Dog Drop (Holly Creek Cave Preserve), TN
Sinking Cove Cave Preserve (includes 73 caves), TN (leased)
Custard Hollow Cave Preserve, TN
Lobelia Saltpeter Cave Preserve, WV (donated)
Jennings Cave Preserve, FL
Fox Mountain Cave Preserve (including Cemetery Pit and Rustys Cave), GA
Logsdon Cave Preserve, KY (leased)
Fricks Cave Preserve, GA
Gourdneck Cave Preserve, TN (leased)
Kennamer Cave Preserve, AL
South Pittsburg Pit Preserve, TN
Horse Skull Cave Preserve, AL
Neversink Preserve, AL
Glove Pit Preserve, AL (donated)
Howard's Waterfall Cave Preserve, GA (donated)
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