Caves Managed by Virginia and West Virginia Cave Conservancies

Cave Conservancy Home

Updated 4 November 2009

Conservancy Name

Cave or Karst Feature Name

Cave Length

Property

Property Size

County

State

SICLEO

Management

Classification System

Appalachian Cave Conservancy (ACC)

Perkins Cave

12 miles

Wilson Farm

126 acres

Washington

VA

C

 

Gilley Cave

4.545 miles

Moore Tract

10 acres

Lee

VA

L

 

Daniel Boone Caverns

AKA Ellington Cave and Gillenwater Cave

.43 miles

Starnes Farm

0

Scott

VA

L

 

Blowing Hole Cave

1.03 miles

Jack and Billy John Smith

0

Scott

VA

L

 

Winding Stair

.07 miles

John Brickey

0

Scott

VA

L

 

Dungeon

.16 miles

John Brickey

0

Scott

VA

L

 

Funnel

 

John Brickey

0

Scott

VA

L

Butler Cave Conservation Society (BCCS)

Butler Cave

17.01 miles

BCCS - Butler

65 acres

Bath

VA

O

 

Better Forgotten

4100 feet

.776 m

Chestnut Ridge Cave System Track

84 acres

Bath

VA

O

 

Bobcat

20.11

Miles

Chestnut Ridge Cave System Track

84 acres

Bath

VA

O

 

Butternut

550 feet

.1 m

Chestnut Ridge Cave System Track

84 acres

Bath

VA

O

 

By-the-Road

1532 feet

.29 m

Virginia Dept of Transportation

Right of Way

0

Bath

VA

C

 

Battered Bar Cave

1.3 miles

Private Owner

0

Bath

VA

C

 

Blind Faith Cave

3320 feet

.63 m

Private Owner

0

Bath

VA

C

 

Buckwheat Cave

1980 feet

.375 m

Private Owner

0

Bath

VA

C

 

Fuhl’s Paradise Pit

470 feet

.09 m

Private Owner

0

Bath

VA

C

West Virginia Cave Conservancy (WVCC)

Lightners Cave entrance to

McClungs Cave

 

 

 

 

WV

WV

O

C

 

Island Ford Cave

2203 feet

Island Ford Cave Property

 

Alleghany

VA

O

 

Benedicts Cave - Persinger Entrance

 

 

 

 

WV

 

 

Donaldson Cave

 

 

 

 

WV

 

 

Rapps Cave

 

 

 

 

WV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WV

C

 

Lobelia Saltpeter

 

 

 

 

WV

C

Cave Conservancy of the Virginias

Omega Cave

 

25.09 miles

Powell Mountain Karst Preserve

170 acres

Wise

VA

O

 

Franklin Pit

.522 m

Powell Mountain Karst Preserve

Wise

VA

O

 

Parson Cave

7.50 feet

.14 m

Powell Mountain Karst Preserve

Wise

VA

O

 

Rascal Pit

20 feet

.003 m

 

Wise

VA

 

 

Slussers Chapel Cave

5400 ft

1.02 m

Slussers Chapel Cave Property

1 acre

Montgomery

VA

O

*SICLEO System

The following is the sequence of cave protection levels that I proposed at the Cave Conservancies Session at the 2001 NSS Convention.  See the program abstract on the events page of this site.  The goal is to have a sequence of cave protection strategies that could be applied as appropriate to each potential cave management situation.  This proposal lists the six levels one should consider in order when deciding to protect, manage, and conserve a cave.  They are:

 

SICLEO System

1.         Enlightened Self management by owner

2.         Informal management arrangement

3.         Contract

4.         Lease

5.         Conservation Easement

6,         Own

 

John Wilson