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.
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: http://scci.org/daleo. 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!
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! Location:
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.
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.
Thank you for visiting an SCCi Preserve and deciding to support us with your donation. It is because of people like you seeing first hand the importance of preserving these unique places that SCCi has become the largest land conservancy in the world focused on cave preservation. At whatever level you donate, know your contribution goes far in conserving the most significant caves of the Southeast US.