These are included for historical
information. External links may not work. When files are
removed from the local web, the links will be disabled or removed. Note:
As of 12/19/98 some links have been accidentally
transferred to another
file and I haven't got them sorted out yet.
Wilderness Underground article by Tom Lera: Can Underground Wilderness Remain A Reality? (posted 1/14/2001) No
action except reading and posting your opinion on the Cave Conservation
Discussion list. This article has been published in the March 2001
Conservation issue of the NSS NEWS.
I just watched a documentary on PBS on the Three Gorges
Dam, which is being built across the Yangtze in China and which will have devastating
environmental effects. Although as far as I can tell this is not a Karst protection problem, it is still something we
need to be aware of and working on. Check out this web site for
more information. (posted 10/16/00)
to new Bat
Protection and Cave Protection Laws Site. This information site
includes information produced by Tom Lera,
including a summary and the actual text of Federal and State laws that are
instrumental in protecting bats and also caves. (Site updated October
A Cave Conservation Discussion List
has been established to focus communications among NSS Cave Conservation Issues. To
subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with "Subscribe" in the SUBJECT line.
of the 1997 Karst and Cave Management Symposiumhave at
long last been published. If you attended the Symposium, you should
get your copy soon. If you didn't attend the 1997 Symposium, copies
of the proceedings are available from the NSS Bookstore. (10-20-99).As of May 15, 2000 there are still a few copies not sent because we can't confirm
your address. If you attended and haven't gotten your copy, please
email Rob Stitt with your current snail-mail
Cave Formations are Being Sold on the Web at E-Bay! We are working
on getting this stopped. Your help is needed. Check out the Selling Cave Rocksand Formationspage. If you'd like to help out, e-mail me. (posted3-12-99). or as of
10/20/99 email David@Jagnow.com . or
to Cave Conservation Discussion List at email@example.com (with the
word subscribe in the subject line) As of 9/1/2001, after pressure from cavers, eBay
has changed this policy. See the article here. As of
Nov 1, Yahoo has also changed their policy. See the article here.
Thanks to the efforts of Tom Lera and
others. The battle is not over yet but these are significant steps
towards the goal of stopping speleothem sales.
Curtain Cave in BC, Canada Threatened by Quarrying
Operation. (posted10/6/98). This well decorated cave
was featured on the Chilliwack field trip at the 1997 NCMS.
Black Hills Restoration Camp coming up again in May
here for more information.
Letters are needed regarding the final EIS on Strip
Mining above FallCreekFalls in Tennessee, site of the annual TAG Fall Cave-in. The deadline is May
4. Check here
for more information. (Posted 3/29/00)
State Parks Employee FIRED for
publicly writing an article questioning the wisdom of making Kartchner Caverns a show cave and presenting it to
large numbers of the public. Read the article
or two news releases (#79
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Get your e-mail
skills honed; if the lawsuit doesn't get him his job back, we may have to
help. You can get more information on the CCMS Mailing List (See below).
(Posted 3/27/00) Note: as of 5/15/00 he has gotten his job back.
Read about it on the Conservation Mailing List.
Kentucky Cavers and Others Organize KICK 66 to
focus opposition to Highway I-66 proposed routes. I've built them a
mini-home page to include all the information. Items below still go
direct to their original page (moved to a new folder). Added Call for
Action #1. (7/25/99)
Inputs needed on Proposed
expansion of the Cave Protection Zone in Eddy County, New Mexico, USA,
which will help protect Lechuguilla and its
undiscovered sister caves from future well drilling. (Posted 7-2-99). For background information
on why we need this, see links from this page.
Your letters needed to respond to proposals on Highway
I-66 in Kentucky. (See item below on same
subject). Letters are needed by July 2,
for more information about what and where to send. (Posted June 17).
Here for a more detailed analysis posted June 24.
The Lead Wars Home Page
points to all the files related to this issue. (Moot as of 6/00 - the
Conservationists won, eventually.)
Fees Home Page points to all the resources within this web site on
this issue. A refined action plan, petition, and other information are now
posted and cross-linked (May 23, 1997). Your letters are needed and will
be most effective if received by June 13, 1997. Added a new factsheet
page (June 16). Reorganized and relinked12/29/97. andJan
Given that these issues are resolved for the present, this page will soon
be removed, as of July 25, 1999)
The BLM Issues Home Page
points to several files that discuss caving for pay on New Mexico BLM
lands and Oil/Gas Drilling near Carlsbad CavernsNational Park in New Mexico. (Resolved as of 1999)
New Issue of Inside Earth (Summer
98) comes out. (USNPSCave Newsletter on the Web).
Virginia Cave Conservancy receives its 501(c)3
designation! you can now make donations
directly to them and they will be tax deductible. (Posted 7/27/98)
Canadian entrepreneur Barry Sendel lost a contract with the Mexican
National Ecology Institute to install dinosaur robots and holographs in
the Caves of Cacahuamilpa, south of Mexico City. The project was intended to serve
as a model for the privatization and marketing of the country's national
wonders. According to reports compiled in the Weekly News Update on the Americas, the concession was withdrawn in
July when the Institute learned that Sendel had
run out on a $1 million debt after his Montrealdinosaur park
went belly up.
Submitted by Steve Fairchild. This is an update to an earlier article posted in
1995. (submitted by Steve Fairchild, March 1998, posted 7/17/98)
CALL FOR PAPERS for 1998 Convention. If you have
a Conservation or Management Paper that you can present at this year's NSS Convention, e-mail your Abstract to George
Huppert before May 15!!
Dear Karst Conservationist,
The Indiana Karst Conservancy (IKC) is updating
its Conservation Display. We have acquired an exhibition quality mobile
display table which we hope to have ready for its maiden voyage at Earth
Day Indiana April 25 in Indianapolis. We expect an attendance of about
20,000 at this event. The IKC will be providing some of its own display
materials as well in addition to our Sinkhole Dumping Brochure. Any
posters or display materials which you would like to have seen by or
circulated to the public would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail or
ground mail the writer if you have materials which you would like to
contribute or have any further questions regarding this event. --Sincerest
Nicholas W. Noe, 534 E. Edwards Ave., Indianapolis, IN46227317-782-3442 Home, 800-899-3812 Work, 317-371-1529 Cellular firstname.lastname@example.org (posted 4/12/98)
In case it has not been announced before, currently at
the entrances to Target Stores is a free publication "targeted"
at children of shoppers, called Earth Savers. The Winter
1998 edition has the entire front page (color) devoted to bats and bat
gates. It also has the web page address of the NSS. This is good support for cave
resources, as well as aimed at a widespread audience. --Tom Miller (Posted
Action is needed on the US Forest Service Fee
Proposal. Dave Jagnow suggests in a
forthcoming NSS NEWS article (preprinted here with
permission) that we need to crank up our letter writing machine and let
our opinions be known - NOW! Read the whole history and background on the Fees Home Page.
Read Jagnows article. (posted 1/28/98)
Caught in Indiana! Your inputs to prosecutor needed! (Posted 12-1-97). Charges have been
filed as of 12/18/97. The caver who caught the
vandals is surprised at the low number of calls
to the prosecutor. Why didn't you call?.
No more emails required. There were errors in the
posting: no phone number and a wrong address. I have no
way of checking facts on stuff sent to me. We all need to take care
to get our facts and data right! (1-2-98). Updated1-5-98. Only thank you letters need to
prosecutor. See the full page
Spring near Sullivan, MO (site of 1997 NSS Convention) has dried up due to a
change in pumping policy by the Town of Sullivan. Check out Jo Schaper's web page and communicate your thoughts to
the Sullivan town fathers (and mothers) .
Posted November 25. Your response is needed soon! Sign
Jo's Guestbook, enter your comments. She will show it to the Town
Council. Update as of 2/1/98.
Karst and Cave Symposium Web Page has been
updated to include lots of new information about the Symposium, including
online registration, schedules, paper list, etc. This site will
continue to be updated with abstracts, papers, etc. until the 1999
symposium occurs. As of December 18, I have
pictures ready to be put up.
Lechuguilla may be threatened by more Oil/Gas
drilling. More information coming soon. (posted
October 12). Please e-mail me
with info if you have any! (1-2-98)
NSS President Dave Luckins responds to USFS Business Plan for Fee
Collection. Posted 9/15/97. Your comments and inputs to
would help get this issue resolved. As of 10-10-97, the plan is on hold. If
anyone knows current status, please e-mail
USFS puts Fee Demo on hold, but it could
come back when a decision is made, any time. (October 10)
Cave (Idaho) Management Plan Released for
Comments. Posted 5/2/97. Comments due by June
in Tennessee has been closed to recreational access after a recent
battle against a sale to timber interests. Your help is needed to help
cavers and others convince the State of Tennessee purchase it for a wilderness park.
They need to raise $500,000 this year! posted 3/26/97
Kazumura Cave (world's longest lava tube) threatened
by a road building project. Letters needed. 12/12/95 Update.
Letters Still Needed! See article in November 1995 NSS News for more information about the
Update. Partial success but letters still needed!!! As of January 17,
there are signs of possible cooperation developing between the government
and the cavers-but don't hold your breath. More information soon. As of
2/9, a note from Bill says things are under control and the caves are
saved. As of 3/9, more info has been received and will be posted soon;
including the draft EIS and a letter from Bill praising it. Comments
deadline is March 25, 1996. Well, as of April 6 I still
don't have it posted. The bottom line is the situation is apparently well
in hand. I'll post more when I hear if from Bill. As of August 17,
Bill reports that the fact that this information was posted on the
Internet was a big factor in tipping the balance towards preserving the
caves. More on this later.
Read the Blackwell
Report on Karst in a Forested Environment - Vancouver Island, Canada.