Why Are We Called the Western Cave Conservancy?

At the International Congress of Speleology (ICS) in 2009, held concurrently with the NSS National Convention, I attended an informal roundtable discussion with several other American cave conservancies. Among many other topics of shared interest the subject of a conservancy's name, what is means to the founders and how it is interpreted by those outside of the organization. The WCC was picked as an example of one whose name seemed to far exceed their logical area of influence.

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