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!


Speleo-Ed - WCC thanks you! 

Hi Everyone: I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the Speleo-Ed. Matt did a great job as usual with the program, lining up some really interesting speakers, producing a fine guide book, T-Shirt and free wine and beer (yes!). I only wish I could have heard all of the talks and not had to choose between one track or the other.

I especially want to thank everyone who purchased the WCC dinner along with Kaedean, Mark and Eric who prepared the food and saw that everyone was served. They did a great job and the food was delicious and filling. These dinners are a very much appreciated fund raiser for the conservancy. THANK YOU!!

Finally, I also want to extend my personal thanks to everyone who made donations at my Schnapp's table later on Saturday evening. Especially since I closed up the bar early to escape down the mountain before the snow began to fall. You all were very generous, over $100 was in the jar for the WCC!

It was great seeing so many friends and camping in the snow. See you again at Great Basin in September!



WCC Donates $500 for purchase of Berome-Moore Cave in Missouri

At the recent WCC Board meeting the Directors agreed to support this worthy project that is being coordinated by the Missouri Cave and Karst Conservancy (MCKC) and the Middle Mississippi Valley Grotto (MMV). The entrance of this 18+ mile cave system will be owned by the MCKC and managed by the MMV. A one acre parcel around the entrance is being purchased and access to the entrance and easments for all undergound passages are assured. Read more about this great project and consider making a personal donation.

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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