WCC meeting on November 6, 2016

The November 2016 Western Cave Conservancy Meeting will be held in Livermore, at the join of the Diablo Range and Great Valley area of California. This meeting is open to everyone and we hope to have a good turnout this year.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

1:00-5:00 PM (attendees can start arriving as early as 12:30)

Mark and Sharon Bowers 4116 Loch Lomond Way Livermore, CA 94551 (925) 583-6042

More information in the Upcoming Events Section.


2014 Lehman Cave Lint Camp

The Western Cave Conservancy and the staff of Great Basin National Park will co-sponsor the 2014 Lehman Cave Lint Camp. Cavers are invited to participate in restoration activities in Lehman Cave in eastern Nevada on March 21 to 23, 2014.

The following is the tentative schedule that Gretchen Baker, Park ecologist and WCC Advisor, has provided:

Friday, March 21
Afternoon/evening: arrive; check in to park housing (we'll probably have a couple park houses. Participants will need to bring basic camping gear such as sleeping bag, pots and pans, towels, etc.). Refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, showers, and washing machines will be available.

In the afternoon/evening there will be potential cave trips or rope training in the maintenance shop.

Saturday, March 22
9 am: Meet at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center; lint camp training, divide into groups and work in different parts of the cave
12ish: Lunch (bring your own)
1-5ish: Lint camp work
5:30 pm: Potluck dinner/party/more rope training?

Sunday, March 23
9 am -12 pm: Lint camp work
12 pm: Lunch (bring you own)
1-3 pm: Talus Room tour
Late afternoon: depart or possible other cave trips

There's not many places to buy food, although the Border Inn in Baker has a small convenience store/cafe/motel and is open 24 hours. T&D's in Baker is occasionally open with a convenience store and restaurant.

Most all supplies are available in Ely (an hours drive way). For more about local amenities, visit

For more about the park, please visit

To register, please email


Western Cave Conservancy Scientists Discover New Species of Spider

The new species was named Trogloraptor marchingtoni after Neil Marchington, a Western Cave Conservancy Advisory Board member, who was the first to spot and collect the spider for identification in M2 Cave in Oregon. He sent the specimen to Western Cave Conservancy Advisory Board Members and entomologists Tracy Audisio and Joel Ledford for identification. They confirmed that it was a previously unknown spider species.

Read more about this exciting discovery at Scientific American and


Mother Lode Grotto/Western Cave Conservancy Auction Results!

A huge thanks is owed to Paul and Kathy Greaves for hosting the MLG for a wonderful evening full of great food and entertainment!

The MLG/WCC auction had a total of 87 items sold by auctioneer Dave Bunnell with the MLG collecting $382 and WCC collecting $268 for a grand total of $650 for the night - not too shabby in this economy. =)


Clough Cave Restoration next weekend!

The Clough Cave Restoration project at Sequoia National Park is getting close at hand. The Western Cave Conservancy is partnering with Sequoia National Park to help protect and preserve Clough Cave. Last Spring we provided volunteers to assist with the installation of a new gate (and repare of the old one as well) and now this Fall we will return to do the clean up inside the cave. We still could use a few more bodies, especially for the weekend (Oct 15 and 16) although help on any and all days (Oct. 13-17) would be appreciated.

Please contact Director Marianne Russo at if you can help us out!