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Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run." National forests and grasslands encompass 193 million acres of land, which is an area equivalent to the size of Texas.
Cave Research Foundation is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to: facilitating research, management and interpretation of caves and karst resources; forming partnerships to study, protect and preserve cave resources and karst areas; and promoting the long term conservation of caves and karst ecosystems.
With 10,000 members and 250 grottos (chapters), the National Speleological Society (NSS) is the largest organization in the world working every day to further the exploration, study, and protection of caves and their environments, and foster fellowship among cavers. For over 70 years, the NSS has promoted safe and responsible caving practices, effective cave and karst management, speleology, and conservation. Our members are bound together by their love of caves and caving and their desire to learn about the underground wilderness and protect it for future generations.
Cave Conservancy of the Virginias (CCV) is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 for the purpose of protecting and managing caves and karst resources in Virginia and West Virginia and is based in Richmond, Virginia. CCV membership is made up of people from all walks of life that recognize the importance of karst resources to water quality and the need to protect the fragile environment of caves so that the many unique species that can survive nowhere else may be preserved for study and enjoyment by future generations.
CCV is proud to have contributed independently and in conjunction with various other nonprofit organizations on many educational, research, and environmental protection projects over the years.
The mission of the Cave Conservancy foundation is to promote and facilitate the conservation, management, and knowledge of cave and karst resources.
The Indiana Karst Conservancy (IKC) is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Indiana's unique karst features. The IKC was formed by concerned individuals when it became apparent that no similar group was actively protecting such features for their inherent geological, biological, and historical importance. The purposes of the IKC are the management, protection, and acquisition of the karst areas in southern Indiana. The IKC also supports research and promotes education related to karst and its appropriate use. Many of today's abuses in karst areas arise from lack of understanding and knowledge.
The goal of the Forest Service’s cave and karst resource management program is to protect and maintain the biologic, geologic, mineralogical, paleontological, hydrologic, cultural, educational, scientific, and recreational values of caves and karst resources.
The National Park Service manages some of the world's most amazing places. This includes over 4,700 caves with at least four of these that extend for more than 135 miles and are so complex that the casual visitor would be lost among the hundreds of passages to choose from. This also includes karst, a type of landform where sinkholes, sinking streams, and springs are considered normal features and are indicative of the relationship found between the surface and the underground.
The National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) is a non-profit government-supported institute headquartered in the City of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Its goals are to conduct, support, facilitate, and promote programs in cave and karst research, education, environmental management, and data acquisition and sharing.
The National Caves Association is a non-profit trade association founded in 1965 by a small group of private show cave owners. The National Caves Association has been active in promoting cave visitation, developing affordable cave insurance programs, helping develop and implement industry standards on alpha radiation in caves, educating the public on White Nose Syndrome (WNS), and has become a repository of information on a wide variety of topics related to the show cave industry.
The Natural Inquirer program produces a variety of science education materials for PreK through grade 12. Natural Inquirer products are produced by the USDA Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA), and other cooperators and partners.
Project Underground is a national educational training program that promotes public involvement and increases public awareness about karst areas and the land use issues unique to these areas. Developed in Virginia, Project Underground explains how to teach about karst resources in the classroom.
Check out Dave Bunnell’s collection of cave photographs.
The USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring nature learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online education resources. No matter where you are in the world, visit our LIVE programs for exciting, on-site learning about grasslands, climate change, fresh water, bats, butterflies, wetlands, and more!