Report for April 7, 2001 Conservation
Division Jim C. Werker & Val Hildreth-Werker,
Division Chiefs PO Box 1018, Tijeras, NM87059-1018
Vision 2000 for the NSS Conservation Division: Heighten awareness of the importance of cave and karst conservation by reaching a greater diversity of
audiences throughout the US. Mission: During
2001 through 2005, develop programs to strengthen public knowledge about the
benefits of cave and karst protection.
Interface with other cave and conservation
organizations/agencies/associations/institutes to provide cave/karst conservation outreach programs to landowners,
land managing agencies, commercial cave interpreters, educators, and the
public. Promote awareness and conservation of karst
Strengthen and extend common knowledge among
cavers to include multiple aspects of cave/karst
protection, preservation, and ethics.
The Conservation Division Website is being
created by Elizabeth Rousseau. It links from the NSS Home Page through Learn About
Caves. As the site is developed, many links will be added between the
Conservation Division Website and Rob Stitt's
Cave Conservation & Management site.
To better meet the needs of the caving
community during the run of the IMAX film, Journey into AmazingCaves, Elizabeth is launching the Conservation Division
Website with information for grottos and NSS members on interfacing with IMAX theaters and media. Initially, this
conservation site will focus on providing materials that grottos can use
in action plans for IMAX
demands and ramifications. Our long-term goal is to serve cavers and
non-cavers with information concerning cave and karst
ecology/protection, while developing a resource for
conservation/restoration methods. The site, now under construction, will
be well-organized and will provide easy links to exemplary cave/karst conservation information.
An NSS Display was created by LeisaEidson, a graphic arts professional and
long-time member of the TAG
caving community. Leisa, Jim, and Val
collaborated in development of a portable, museum-quality display on the
goals and activities of the NSS. Leisa committed
hundreds of extra hours on short notice to finish this display for its
debut at the Smithsonian. The exhibit is designed and fabricated to
facilitate easy transport and set-up. Additional units will supplement
the initial exhibit as time and funds allow. We recognize and thank Pat
Bingham for taking the lead on setting up the display at the
The NSS Conservation Division and the Education
Division are collaborating to develop NSS outreach materials on the benefits of karst and cave protection. Chuck Acklin,
Education Division Chief, along with Jim and Val, Conservation Chiefs
will coordinate efforts.
We are interfacing with Carol A. Hill,
President of UIS Commission on Cave Mineralogy. Thomas Lera has agreed to be the [Interim] Chairman of the
Working Group on Speleothem Protection. Tom
has also agreed to serve the NSS Conservation Committee as the NSSLiason for
International Speleothem Protection.
Conservation Committee Jim C. Werker & Val Hildreth-Werker,
Co-Chairs PO Box 1018, Tijeras, NM87059-1018
We have scheduled and coordinated Conservation presentations/discussions with
the 2001 NSS Convention. The Restoration Workshop will be on
Monday morning, the NSS Conservation & Management Section meeting at on Monday, and the Conservation & Management
Session on Monday afternoon. The afternoon session will start with a panel
and interactive discussion on Cave Wilderness, coordinated by Pat Seiser. Later in the week, we will coordinate a half-day
seminar for federal and state agency land managers and another half-day
closed meeting for the new Conservation Team. Submit abstracts for any of
these sessions to Val before April 20, email@example.com
Jim Kennedy of BCI has agreed to update our NSS Bats Need Friends brochure. He will start from the
draft created by Eugene Vale. The new brochure will be a joint NSS/BCI project focusing on general conservation facts
Jo Schaper has
agreed to revise two NSS brochures. The Future of the Underground and The
Fragile Underground will both be updated. Eventually, these and other
brochures and fact-sheets will be placed on the Conservation Division website
as downloadable PDF files so grottos or individuals can print as needed.
Book Cave Conservation and Restoration continues in the
reviewing and editing process. Because more than thirty authors have
submitted material, this is an extended process. Jim Werker
and Val Hildreth-Werker, editors for this manual, are
working with Executive VP Ray Keeler, the NSS Special Publications Committee, various reviewers,
authors, and photographers to produce a quality NSS publication.
Seminars & Workshops
We are developing presentation material kits
for Conservation Team members. Kits will include modular slide shows and
CDs, hand-out masters, transparencies, brochures, booklets, and posters
on the benefits of karst and cave protection.
We have received commitments from a dozen NSS cavers across the country who will participate
in this team by conducting seminars and presentations in their
geographic areas. Most of these members already are booking frequent
presentations. The new Conservation Team modules will supplement their
current materials and the team will facilitate collaboration and
information-sharing across the country. Other NSS Members have offered their consultation and
expertise in material collection and development. We are partnering with
cave and conservation organizations throughout the country for information,
images, and materials.
We continue to interact with national contacts
in the federal agencies. Jim and Val will be representing the NSS as guest speakers during the April BLM Cave Management Workshop in Carlsbad, NM.
We update regularly with Zelda Chapman Bailey of the USGS, appointed as
the Interim NPS Director of the National Cave and Karst
Research Institute-she will be unable to attend the April 7 BOG meeting in Albuquerque but has arranged her
schedule to include the NSS
Convention in Kentucky. Ron Kerbo has spoken
with us about contributing to NPS seminars and workshops. We continue to
coordinate with Forest Service personnel, Jim Miller and Jerry Trout
nationally, and have spoken with others about scheduling seminars in
several FS Districts. This year, we are again planning joint seminars
for federal and state agency land managers during the 2001 Convention
and NCKM Symposium-these events will include the agency coordinators
listed above as well as Bob Currie of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
NCKMS 2001 in Arizona
The 15th National Cave & Karst Management
Symposium will be held in Tucson, Arizona, October 16-19, 2001. Plans are progressing. Contact Jerry Trout, USFS National Coordinator for Cave Resources, if you
can provide assistance. It has been several years since this Symposium was
held in the Southwest and the first time in the state of Arizona. This is the forum for communicating your ideas to
improve cave management-particularly those who live in the Southwest. Submit
abstracts for papers and sessions to Tom Strong (520) firstname.lastname@example.org
Early abstract submissions are encouraged. Direct your information requests to
Jerry Trout, US Forest Service, Federal Building, 300 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ
85701 email@example.com phone: (520)
670-4552. The 2001 Symposium schedule and other information
is listed on the NSS website. Click on Events.
Conservation Issue of NSS NEWS
The March 2001 Conservation Issue of the NSS News is complete. Articles and updates for this
issue were solicited and edited by Jim and Val. Working with us on this
issue, Dave Bunnell was great. Included are essays on
media and caves, discussions on underground wilderness, articles on
innovative approaches to cave management, and summaries of conservation
activities. We invite your comments on the issue.
Multiple Concerns and Communications
Every week we receive US and international correspondence on various cave and
karst conservation and protection issues. We send
support letters as necessary and keep logs of these e-mails and phone calls.
New Subcommittees Established
Elizabeth Rousseau is designing and
coordinating the Conservation Division Website.
David Anderson has agreed to link a Volunteer
Value Database to the NSS
Website, if other obligations permit him the time.
LeisaEidson is serving as the NSS Conservation Graphics Coordinator.
David Jagnow has
agreed to coordinate Conservation Fund Raising and Save the Caves.
Tom Lera of Washington, D.C. is serving as the NSS Liaison for International Speleothem
Preservation Committee Val Hildreth-Werker & Jim Werker, Co-Chairs PO Box 1018, Tijeras, NM87059-1018
Conservation Team kits are being developed.
Kits will include modular slide shows and CDs, hand-out masters,
transparencies, brochures, booklets, and posters on the benefits of karst and cave protection.
NSS members have agreed to participate in the
Conservation Team. Names include: Aimee Beveridge,
Elizabeth Rousseau, Al Collier, Bill Elliott, Susan Herpin,
Hillary Lambert Hopper, David Joaquim, Kriste Lindberg, Julie Schenck,
Roland Vinyard, Carol Zokaites,
Jim Werker, ValHildreth-Werker. We have scheduled a team meeting
Grants Subcommittee Albert A. Krause, NSS
1721 SW 76th Terrace, Gainesville, FL32607-3418
H (352) 332-2276 W (352) 392-7396
Fax (352) firstname.lastname@example.org
Awarded grant of $500 to the Indiana Karst Conservancy for purchase of a karst ground water flow demonstration model to use
in public outreach programs and workshops.
Other grant applications are being reviewed
and I encourage submissions be sent to me before April 1 for this fiscal
Force Subcommittee Jo Schaper, Coordinator 46 Cedar
Drive, Pacific, MO63069
(314) 271 8380JoSchaper@aol.com
NSS Conservation Task Forces are sub-units of the
NSS, designed to furnish a not-for-profit
mechanism to NSS members to address threats to caves and karst. CTFs usually focus
on regional, ongoing issues. A CTF is formed under the NSS umbrella for members in common cause where caver-citizen activity, by study,
stewardship, publicity, etc., can help landowners, managers, or other
authorities protect cave and karst resources.
The CTF division of the NSS
stands ready to lend assistance with advice, networking, and other help
to any group of conservation-oriented cavers who care about the future
of the underground.
Reactivation of the Cumberland Plateau CTF in
the Spencer Mountain Cave System of East Central Tennessee to
investigate a new sewage facility that threatens the caves and karst of the area. The NSS provided legal assistance, etc., for
documentation of the threats.
Central Oregon CTF is leading the fight in the
Deschutes National Forest over an Environmental Assessment pitting the
needs of the caves and their archeological resources with the desires of
the rock climbing community who have been petitioning the National
Forest to keep the Road 18 Bend area caves open to climbing and bolting.
The revised Road 18 Caves Environmental Assessment is due in 2001.
Germany Valley CTF is monitoring the threat
from limestone mining at Hellhole, an extensive West Virginia cave that
is home to approximately one-quarter of the world's population of
Virginia Big Eared Bats.
Klamath Mountains CTF reports much activity
but little progress with karst protection
concerns in the KlamathNational Forest and the protection of paleoresouces at OregonCavesNational Monument, NPS. This CTF is also working for resource
management of a cave rescued from onyx miners on ShastaTrinityNational Forest in northern California.
Sloans Valley CTF continues to actively pursue landfill mitigation,
Kick 66, the IntermodalTransitPark, and Off Road Vehicle proposals. See the
March 2001 NSS News.
Teton CTF continues alive, well, and active,
according to its director.
Pennsylvania Cave Legislation CTF, long a
project of Judi Stack (who coordinated and quilted the beautiful bat
quilt raffled at last year's convention) will
disband-she has become discouraged with the receptivity of the
Xanadu Cave CTF is organizing to segue to an NSS Conservancy.
Lost River Conservation Association and HawaiiCaves round out the current roster of NSS Conservation Task Forces.
The commission seeks to review all
successful prosecutions of cave vandals with an eye toward publicizing the
Society's conservation goals and rewarding diligence in individuals who work
toward those goals. The commission has received no solid proposals for
rewards or information on the prosecution and conviction of cave vandals.
Mammoth Cave Restoration Committee Norm Rogers, Co-Chair Karen Dennis, Co-Chair
3122 N. Isabell PO Box 340547
Peoria, IL 61604 Beavercreek, OH 45434-0547
(309)682-1570 (937) 237-0647 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org