By Jim Werker and Val Hildreth-Werker
We want to thank and recognize
individual and group efforts and achievements in karst and cave conservation.
Forgive us for failure to mention the thousands of others out there working
for cave conservation. BOG and EC members, please feed us recognition
information. Send us brief notes so we can include in future kudos: Jim
Werker & Val Hildreth-Werker, NSS Conservation Division Chiefs, PO Box
1018, Tijeras, NM 87059 email@example.com
Updated March 25, 2001
- Leisa Eidson, a caver and
graphic arts professional from Cincinnati and the TAG region, for committing
long hours to the completion of a portable museum-quality display describing
the goals and activities of the NSS. She finished the first five units
in time for the display to show at the Smithsonian during the Washington,
D.C. premier of the IMAX film, Journey Into Amazing Caves.
- Pat Bingham for taking
lead responsibility in setting up the NSS Display (and other displays)
at the D.C. premier.
- Cheryl Jones for accepting
lead responsibility in coordinating the D.C. IMAX premier event, held
at the Smithsonian. Extra mile kudos go to her long-term enthusiasm
- Hazel Barton and Nancy
Holler Aulenbach for their commitment to including cave and karst conservation
messages in the McGillarvray Freeman Films IMAX production and promotional
- Carol Zokaites for continuing
interaction with McGillarvray Freeman Films in creating educational
materials. And for increasing awareness of the Save the Caves Fund by
seeking contributions through promotion in the Family Fun Guide, a brochure
she helped prepare for the IMAX movie Journey into Amazing Caves.
- Barbara Moss for coordinating
grotto contacts and resource information for Journey into Amazing Caves.
- McGillarvray Freeman Films
for committing resources to working cooperatively with the NSS on Journey
into Amazing Caves.
- Elizabeth Rousseau
for heading full-force into the organization and design of the Conservation
Division website. The initial emphasis will be toward grotto and NSS
interaction with IMAX. She is creating a websource for interfacing with
theaters and media to emphasize karst and cave conservation/education
outreach. The site is under construction with long-term goals for serving
cavers as well as non-cavers with information on cave and karst ecosystem
protection and resources for conservation/restoration methods. Find
the NSS Conservation Division Site by clicking Learn About Caves on
the NSS Home Page.
- Hillary Lambert Hopper
for coordinating national efforts against the plans for an Intermodal
Transit Park on the sinkhole plain near Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
- Lee Florea, Carol Zokaites,
and other cavers in their support of Kick 66. The Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet has designated a damaging path through karst lands of Kentucky
as their preferred route for the proposed I-66. KICK 66, an umbrella
organization dedicated to preserving the quality of life and the environment
in the region affected by these proposed corridors, is a coalition of
state agencies, national organizations, and businesses favoring Kentucky's
forests, farms, future, and funds by opposing I-66.
- Jonathan Beard and his
speleothem reconstruction assistants in Missouri for successful completion
of the Flutestone in Stinson Cave. It took multiple trips and many sherpas
to repair the 10.5 foot totem over the past few months. In the fall,
after the Gray Bat maternity season, they plan to install a gate to
protect bats and formations.
- Sue McCready of Arizona
for creating the logo for the 15th National Cave and Karst Management
Symposium, to be held October 16-19, 2001, in Tucson.
- We applaud the NSS IMAX
Committee, Grottos in IMAX areas, and countless NSS cavers who are coordinating
to direct the upcoming media attention toward the benefits of karst
and cave protection instead of the thrills, extremes, and adventures
- Rob Stitt for initiating
interaction and following up with the Eco-Challenge Race. His efforts
yielded new statements of cave conservation awareness from the Eco-Challenge
group. And because we don't say it often enough, thanks also to Rob
for developing and webmastering the NSS Cave Conservation & Management
and for developing the Conservation List-serve.
- Tom Lera for promoting the
Conservation & Management Website with a thorough NSS NEWS article.
- Al Collier for developing
techniques in delicate speleothem repair and sharing his skills with
caves and cavers in Colorado and the Southwest.
- Larry King, Gary Petrie,
and the Central Oregon Conservation Task Force for persistent, long-term
efforts toward protection of the Road 18 Lava Caves in Oregon.
- Abel Vale, President of
Ciudadanos Del Karso, for gathering support in favor of the Puerto Rico
Karst Protection Act. On behalf of the NSS, we also thank past Governor
Carlos Romero Barcelo, other authorities in Puerto Rico, the USDA Forest
Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Trust for Public Land, Jeanne
Gurnee, and others here on the mainland, for assistance in moving the
bill this far.
- Susan Herpin, Dave Jagnow,
Ransom Turner, Allen Lamen, and all the participants of the ongoing
High Guads Restoration Project on the Guadalupe Ranger District, USDA
Forest Service. Many weekends, many hours, many personal resources contributed,
and many cave resources restored. Keep up the good work!
- Eugene Vale for composing
the draft for a new Bats Need Friends conservation brochure.
- Joel Tracy for follow-up
on requests for assistance in Colorado caves from Kay Zillich of the
- Dave and Phyllis Hamer for
their annual commitment to coordinating restoration trips for a special
cave in Arizona since 1995.
- Carol Zokaites and Cheryl
Jones for increasing awareness of the Save the Caves Fund and seeking
contributions through promotion in the Family Fun Guide brochure prepared
to use with the IMAX film Journey into Amazing Caves.
Forgive us for failure to mention
the thousands of others out there working for cave conservation. Send
us a note so we can include recognition in future kudos: firstname.lastname@example.org