Cave Talk

Cave Talk

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Cave Talk
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Cave Talk
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National Cave Association
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Cave Talk is a publication of the National Caves Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1965 by a small group of private show cave owners. These initial members sought to bring together show cave owners and operators from across the United States to promote the show cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas, and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave industry.
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(December 28, 1987)
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NCA CaveTa k NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION December 28, 1987 BARBARA MUNSON, Coordlndtor Route 9, Box 106 McMinnville, TN 37110 (filS) 668-3925 1987 NCA CONVENTION A record number of NCA members and friends attended our Twenty-second Annual NCA Convention headqua f.tered in Manchester, Tennessee. We, here in Middle Tennessee,

NEW NCA MEMBERS We were pleased to welcome three new members to the National Caves Association: INDIAN CAVE, Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania 16683, phone 814-632-7578, owned and operated by Mr. Bear Wertz. RICKWOOD CAVERNS STATE PARK, Mr. Glenn W. Ishler, Manager, Rt. 3, Box 357, Warrior, Alabama 35180, phone 205-647-9692 WAR EAGLE CAVERN, Rt. 5, Box 748, Rogers, Arkansas 72756, phone 501-789-2909, owned and operated by The Wallaces, J. R., Jewell and Jean. CHANGES IN PRINT IIALLOWEEN Steven Vananda has purchased TUCKALEECHEE CAVERNS from his father, Bill. Michael D. Burd and his brothers have purchased WOODl~ARD CAVE from their parents, Dorothy and Henry Burd. Hod Johnson is the new Manager at SEA LION CAVES, succ~eding Steve Saubert. Following the retirement of Herdt 5 Conder, Gnr-y Kopp has been named Superintendent at WYANDOTTE CAVEn. In January, Frank Pridemore will leave MAMMO'l'H CAVE to become Assistant Superintendent at the Great Smoky Mountainn NnLional Park in Tennessee. Pridemore, who has been at HAMMO'I'H CAVE for. lhrne years, will be succeeded by David Mihalic as Superintendent. The May 1987 issue of the Nationn1 Tour l\n:,o(.tntion'~ Courier mentions MARVEL CAVE in "Branson: A Small 'I'own with nl" Appeal to Group!=l" and "Luray's Wishing Well A Friend to Charity" (}JlP(~llred in the Decemher 1987 issue. The Camden County Jaycees "THE N fGH'['MARE RETlJHNS", october 28-31 a BRIDAL CAVE was one of the most popular evcnt~ of the Fall season at the Lake of the Ozarks region. The Candlelight Spookhouse, done by the Camden County Jaycees, included new special effects and charcters. Different special events were plnnncd for caeh night. ALABASTER CAVERNS' Ghosts and Golliins Tour, in its third year, drew 2,700 people from a 200 mile which included Tulsa, Oklahoma. TV and media coverage was good. 62 YFARS A GUIDE Ray stover, caretaker at WOODWARD CAVE, started as a guide when he was 13. Michael Burd says "Ray Stover is a Gold Mine!!!" Michael goes on to say people love Ray, and that the way he works splitting wood, mowing grass, sawing down trees, etc., your really wouldn't know his age. CliVE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM The 1987 Cave Manaqement, held at WIND CAVE, South Dakota in October, and attended by several NCA members, also included field trips to JEWEl, CliVE and B1,ACK TlILLS CAVERNS. Kay Rohde, of WIND CAVE, was in charge of arrangements.


EDITOR Jeanne Gurnee has been named Ed i tor of 'l'hc I':xplorers Club I 5 quarterly Bulletin. PARKWIIY Carl Gibson has been Parkway Association. Alabama and Georgia. named Exe(~lltive Director of the Lookout Mountain The IOO-mile scenic pnrkway runs through Tennessee BIITS Dr. Merlin Tuttle, president of the Bat Connrrvation International, Inc. recently stated that "CIIRI,~;1l1l1l CAVERNS .1 s likely the most important site in the world for public edllcation about bats. 1I Dr. Tuttle also praised the new book Bats of Cilrlsbad Caverns National Park published earlier this year by the Carlshnu Caverns Nnt.ural History Association, a nonprofit organization formed to aid the pnrk. Dr. Tuttle described the new book as being .. exceptionally well written, designed and illustrated and the most factually accurate of any similar publications" he had seen. HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION The ACHA warns that we Ciln expect tlt:tempts to offer anti-sign legislation sometime between now and the cnrl of 1988 to take advantage of election year press interest'~ and politicill pressure on our supporters who will be running for reelect:ion. MULTIMEDIA According to. Martha Berdeaux, l':NDLESS CAVERN!: Is cur.rently pro(ll1cing a multimedia educational slide presentation for schools and groups, highlighting the caverns' histc1t-y nnd sci.cnt-tEtc features. She also says the time consuming restoration work on thC'!ir Old Museum Ouilding is continuing. CAVE AND KARST MUSEUM David Foster, Executive Director of the American Cave Conservation Association, in a December 1st release, outlined plans for a $5 million dollar cave museum and education center. '1'h0. complex, to be built adjoining Horse Cave in Kentucky, is expcctro<1 to attract 500,000 visitors a year. Construction will begirl tIlis sprill~' and the initial facility is ecpected to be open to the public in the r;ummer. Hart County has already been promised a $250,000 federal grant toward the project and a plan endorsed in last November by areil county judges, mayors and others, another $227,000 will come from l\CCA, the City of Horse Cave, loans and private contrihutions. Radon monitor A free-standing compact radon monitor ha,{ been developed for residential lise by Sun Nuclear Corporation. Melbourne. Florida. 111(' stylized IInit can be placed wherever there ;\ a convenient electrical outlet. The "nil deteet\' radon and radon progeny using a silicon detec' tion system. Monitoring is conlil/uous-2' hours per day, 365 days a year, The readoll' analysis is simple so a home or building OW1/(" can interpret the results readily, Called the 'ii, Ease" radon monitor, the /lnit is less thanfh'l' inches in diameter, se~'en inches high. and weighs less than a pound and a half The ala,," threshold is 4pCi/I. The alarm accuracy is :t3.' percent at 90 percent confidence level.

Cave Talk is a publication of the National Caves
Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1965
by a small group of private show cave owners. These initial
members sought to bring together show cave owners and
operators from across the United States to promote the show
cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas,
and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave


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