Cave Talk

Cave Talk

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Cave Talk
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Cave Talk
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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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NCA Cave Talk NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION September 30, 1996 BARBARA MUNSON, Coordinator Route 9, Box 106 McMinnville. TN 37110 (615) 668-3925 NCA CONVENTION According to the Agenda, our NCA Convention November 11th-17th at the Ramada Inn in Luray, Virginia will be outstanding with a variety of interesting programs and panel discussions, gracious hospitality events at LURAY CAVERNS, ENDLESS CAVERNS, and SHENANDOAH CAVERNS, as well as time to share fun, fellowship, and ideas. If you have questions about the Convention, call Chairman Rod Graves, 540-743-6551, Ext.252; about NCA, call Barbara 615-668-3925; about Ramada Inn room reservations call 540-7434521. FOCUS TABLE Bring some item that has done really well for you there will be a Focus Table for displaying these items, along with your business card and information about where they can be purchased. NCA President Roger Lefebvre will be writing to tell more about this Focus Table as well as how to prepare for the Round-table, and the Cracker Barrel Sessions. GOING HER WAY? Are you planning to fly into Dulles on Sunday or Monday morning and drive down to Luray? If possible, Jeanne Gurnee would like to arrange her flight schedule to meet you and ride down with you she's a great map reader and knows the area. Please give her a call at 201-768-2237, if something might be worked out. HAVE yOu ..... sent anything to Historian Judy Smith, 9850 Skyline Dr., Floyds Knobs, IN 47119, for the .NCA Scrapbook? Her number is 812-945-5721. NEW NCA HEHBER GRAND CANYON CAVERNS, P. O. Box 180, Historic Route 66, Peach Springs, Arizona 86443, Phones 602-422-3223/3224. Dale Paplham is General Manager of this Category B cave which was first explored and opened to the public in the '20s. NEW AREA CODE OHIO CAVERNS has a new Area Code 937. Their number is now 937-4654017 and their Fax number is 937-465-0840. PERSONNEL CHANGE Steve Hill is our new Account Executive at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Mark Sorenson is still with the company, but holds a different position Keith Dobrolinsky and Steve will both be at the NCA Convention to talk about our NCA Insurance Program. CAVE STAMP See page 192 of the July, 1996 _N_S_S_NE_I_'/S_ for more information about the first cave stamp ever in the u.S. The cave shown is a sea cave off the coast of Oregon. Gary Soule sent us some silow cave info in a stamped envelope silowing tilis new stamp. THE SUMMER OF DISASTERS In addition to those mentioned in the last NCA CAVE TALK ... "'As many of you already know, Roy Davis' home burned to the ground. Nothing of the 150 year old house or its fabulous contents could be saved. "'LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS lost two of their busses to lightening/fire. -"Hurricane Fran had a major impact on some of our Virginia members


LURAY CAVERNS operated on their emergency generator for more than a week SHENANDOAH CAVERNS was closed because of flooding flooded highways and do"ned power lines discouraged tourist travel throughout a large area. "'LINCOLN CAVERNS gift shop flooded two weeks in a row, then a major mud slide closed one of the caves for a weekend day and required a tremendous amount of work (lots of it by NSS Grotto volunteers) to clear. "'Other Pennsylvania caves suffered serious flooding. "'BLUFF DVIELLER'S CAVE Manager Rita Branch broke her leg. "'As we go to press, we are told several of our Ozark members are suffering serious flooding problems. ISCA CHANGES EXPEDITION Jeanne Gurnee, Judy Turilli, Steve Fairchild, and Linda Larson will be in Aggtelek, Hungay October 14-20 attending the ISCA International Meeting of Show Caves. Dave Candelaria tells us they now have a coffee shop at ICE CAVES, and that they have also enlarged their gift shop area. A new driving tour around the volcanos and lava tubes has been developed. Canon U.S.A. is contributing more than $1 million plus equipment to support "Expedition into The Parks" --the largest corporate conservation gift in National Park Foundation's history--as experts and volunteers work on photographic surveys, flora and fauna sampling, mapping park lands and wildlife monitoring. "In supporting the NPF, the NPS and the many volunteers who will make this program work, Canon U.S.A. hopes to contribute to the knowledge base and health of the parks, and thereby help to preserve these natural resources for everyone who visits these great places," said David Farr, Senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A. (Some questions have been raised about this type of donation for NPS use.) WARM UP TO A CAVE As part of their \'1inter promo campaign, FANTASTIC CAVERN'S Kirk Hansen has sent out a neat press release, in a spiffy mailer, telling about cave temperatures. He mentions the comfortable temperatures in a number of our member show caves around the country going on to say "at Fantastic ... visitors can ahTaYs expect a warm welcome" and telling about the tours, the cave, and the guides. THAT'S NOT ALL Also, as part of the FANTASTIC Vlinter promo campaign they are using the brochures we mentioned in the last NCA CAVE. TALK, they have Vlinter brochure rack headers, and Winter billboards. (They will be trying vinyl signs for these. ) STARTING YOUNG Fall and Spring, FANTASTIC CAVERNS sends their four page Ozark Adventure Science Research Program magazine, which includes articles, pictures, and a cave related word game, to 70,000 4th, 5th, 6th grades in the Ozarks of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. EARLY HISTORY The entire April-June 1996 issue of The Journal of Spelean History is devoted to pictures and accounts of the early history, starting with the discovery in 1880, of Cave of Winds and other Williams caves.


NEW RESOURCE PROTECTION TOOL New Hammoth Cave area "Hazmaps" are in print and ready for use. "Hazmaps" track the flow of groundwater in a watershed and are'a new tool for protecting the water quality of area wells and caves. These maps detail a 1/2 mile section of roadway (1 mile of railroad) displaying a host of landmarks, hydrologic features, and potential hazards that may greatly alter the designed flow of surface waters. Equipped with the maps the emergency responder knows immediately where, hydrologically, a spill occurred and exactly where to deploy lines of defense for spill mitigation. The Hammoth Cave Hazmaps cover 12 miles of interstate, 14 miles of the CSX Railroad and 5 miles of the Cumberland Parkway. ECOTOURISH The First Annual Southeastern Virginia Ecotourism Symposium will be held 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, October 12, 1996, at the Virginia Harine Science Huseum, Virginia Beach, Virginia. On Sunday, Oct. 13, there will be a Post-symposium field trip to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To register for the symposium, call 757-437-4919 or 1-800-446-8038. For additional information, visit the web site at: www.virginiabeach. va. us/services/parks/Ecotour/Hain.htm. NATIONWIDE/WORLDWIDE Gary Soule called our attention to the Hotel 6 ad that mentions "sightseeing caverns." The ad appeared in the September 1996 Reader's Digest which we are told is the world's most read magazine, with over 27 million copies read in 19 different languages. The motel of choice for the serious traveler. 10% discount for qualified seniors. After a day of sightseeing caverns or mountains carved up into presidents, nothing makes more sense than Motel 6, You'll get just what you need for the lowest price of any national chain, plus a 10% discount ~ for qualified seniors, And if you need to tell your family about R the Porcupine Petting 200, we offer AT&T Long Distance 1 OT ,lj'Service fot all your AT&T Calling Card, AT&T ,'-If, UllIversal Card and operator assisted calls, You,T,uG Choice ," -800-4-MOTEL ()

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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