The TCMA Activities Newsletter is the official
publication of the Texas Cave Management Association,
a Conservancy of the National Speleological
Texas Cave 4.4 7997 Management Association P.O.Box 202853 Austin, TX 78720-2853 TCMA MEETING NOTICE The Texas Cave Management Association has scheduled a board meeting during the weekend of the Texas Speleological Association Spring Convention, 26-27 April, 1997 near Brownwood, TX. The Board of Directors meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:45 am on Sunday, April 27 on the TSA convention campsite at the Bexar Grotto tent area. The meeting is expected to be short, preceding the cave trips planned during the day. Please bring extra lawn chairs and your sun screen. TCMA members and any interested cavers are invited to attend the meeting. For more information, please contact Jay Jorden, TCMA President at: (972) 382-2458 or or Contact Barbe Barker, Vice President at: (972) 594-1 183 or < firstname.lastname@example.org > Agenda items should be sent to Secretary Julie Jenkins at 10005 Childress Drive, Austin, TX 78753. She may also be reached at (512) 832-1965 or Directions to the TSA Campsite are as follows: The location is two miles east of Brownwood off US Highway 183184. Turn south on County Road 270 1.5 miles east of town, or from Road 2525, turn northeast on CR 270 3.6 miles east of town. Consult your TSA Activities Newsletter for a detailed map or follow the signs. We'll see you there. The Texas Cave Management Association's board of directors has appointed Barbe Barker of Irving, Texas as vice president. Barbe has extensive experience in nonprofit organizations such as TCMA. She is a past patientservices director for a Dallas doctor's group and has worked for a state medical foundation where she gained experience in non-profit organizations and in fund-raising. Congratulations, Barbe! At the TCMA's annual membership meeting, two directors were re-elected to three-year terms from 1997 to 1999. They are Bruce Anderson of Fort Worth and Bill Sawyer of Sonora. Also newly elected is Mike Grimm of Austin, who was involved in the creation of TCMA's Whirlpool Cave Preserve and has established a World Wide Web page listing the organization. Congratulations as well to those elected, with appreciation to Jim Wolff for his past board service. During the Texas Caver's Reunion weekend at Flat Creek Ranch near Johnson City members and directors forming a TCMA quorum also heard office and committee reports during their business session. Treasurer Anderson submitted for approval financial statements from May to August, with the latest showing a balance of more than $4,500 in the general account. The premium was recently paid for the group's liability insurance. Bruce gave an assessment of TCMA's finances, recommending broadening the membership base and increased funding from other sources, such as grants. Noble Stidham discussed the latest TCMA Activities Newsletter and other publication plans. Reports were also received from Mike Warton on the management contract for Buttercup Preserve, from the San Antonio cavers on Robber Baron Cave, and from Walter Feaster and Gralin Coffin on 0-9 Water Well, Amazing Maze, and other UT System caves. (A vandal was identified at Buttercup. Robber Baron needs a new lock. There was plenty of caver demand for 0-9 during a Memorial Day weekend trip). Bill Russell also has the latest news on Austin area caves, with Whirlpool a popular destination for TCMA-led group trips. A detailed policy on visiting TCMA owned and managed caves and realignment of membership categories are under discussion. A committee was formed for the latter purpose. The membership also received reports on other Texas caves of interest. A task force was formed to further investigate two leads. Plans were tentatively made for wok projects at TCMA caves including Whirlpool and Amazing Maze. Carl Ponebshek of San Antonio will attend as TCMA representative to a Government Canyon coalition meeting in November. (continued on last page)
Corporate Address: P.O. Box 20285, Austin, Tx 78720-2853 Purpose: Chartered in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit Texas corporation for: "The preservation for posterity of the caves and caverns of Texas and their mineral, biological, archaeological and aesthetic contents; to promote the conservation and study of caves within the state of Texas; to promote and support any scientific and educational programs on caves in Texas the Board of Directors shall from time to time authorize to; To acquire . real and personal property by lease, ownership or other means . . All of the activities are to be carried out solely for conservation, scientific and educational purposes and not for profit." Projects: Besides the above cave management projects in the Austin and San Antonio areas, TCMA also manages caves on University of Texas System lands and elsewhere. Its volunteers work with landowners and developers to manage the non-renewable resources: protecting them for future generations, helping develop access policies and educating the public. For more information and a membership application-current dues are $25 a year for a lifetime membership in four payments--please contact the treasurer, Bruce Anderson, or any other TCMA officer or director listed below. Thanks in advance for your support. President: Jay Jorden 11201 County Road 132 Celina, Tx 75009-2527 (972) 382-2458 Vice President: Barbe Barker 2909 Warren Circle Irving, Tx 75062 (972) 594-1 183 < email@example.com > Treasurer. Bruce Anderson 504 Kimbrough Fort Worth, Tx 76108 (817) 246-6313 < firstname.lastname@example.org > Secretary Julie Jenkins 10005 Childress Dr. Austin, Tx 78753 (512) 832-1965 Directors: Bruce Anderson 504 Kimbrough Fort Worth, Tx 76108 (817) 246-6313 < email@example.com > Mike Grimm 3303 China Grove Austin, Tx 78745 (512 282-6846 < firstname.lastname@example.org> Dan Hogenauer 4514 Maybrook Woods San Antonio, Tx 78249 (2 10) 492-2006 Jay Jorden 11201 County Road 132 Celina, Tx 75009-2527 (972) 382-2458 Carl Ponebshek 247 Army Blvd. San Antonio, Tx 78215 (210) 229-2696 Ron Ralph 1106 Hooks Dr., Apt. 15 Waco, Tx 76705 (817) 799-4837 < email@example.com > Bill Russell 4806 Red River Austin, Tx 78751 (5 12) 453-4774 < firstname.lastname@example.org > Bill Sawyer P.O. Box 1196 Sonora, Tx 76950 (915) 387-6507 Noble Stidham P.O. Box 1094 Lubbock, Tx 79408 (806)-748-0105 < Nmartinjr@aol. com > Project Managers: Robber Baron Cave, San Antonio Carl Ponebshek and Bexar Grotto Whirlpool, Lost Oasis Caves, Austin Nico Hauwert 2301A Ann Arbor Ave. Austin, TX 78704-3921 (512) 443-8023 Marigold, Buttercup, Austin area Mike Warton 3508 Valley Pike Cedar Park, Tx 78613-5208 (5120 250-8143) Amazing Maze, 0-9 Water Well, SW Texas Walter Feaster 4307 Harvard Ave. Midland, Tx 79703-4847 (915) 694-1824 Gralin L. Coffin 910 W. Kansas Midland, Tx 79701 (915) 682-1904 Publications: TCMA Activities Newsletter Noble Stidham, editorlpublisher Meeting limes: Annual Membership Meeting, multiple board meetings Meeting Sites, Dates: Various, usually in conjunction with TCMA projects at caves, Texas caving functions.
Austin, Texas Park managers in the Texas Capita say delicate rock formations forma over thousands of years wen destroyed and permanently scarre< in just moments by vandals. Mark Sanders of the Austin park; and Recreations Department'! natural resources division sumeye< the damage beneath the Kars Preserve in South Austin in lat< July. "What happened here is repre hensible," he said. "Some of tht damage can never be repaired, These formations will continue tc grow, but what was destroyed was several thousand years' worth oj work that was very fragile." Park managers estimate at least 5C formations were damaged 01 destroyed. Officials say the vandalism at Maple Run and Goat caves an the 8-acre Karst Preserve is [relieved to have occurred in the last week of June or first week of July. 3f the four caves in the Karsl Preserve, only Maple Run and Goal ;aves are accessible to human ~isitors. Formations, believed to be it least 1 million years old, formed IS rainwater that filters through the soil above the caves picked up ninerals. The rainwater eventually smpties into the Barton Springs )ortion of the Edwards Aquifer. ["he Huntsville, Alabama based rational Speleological Society and )thers are offering up to a $1,000 ewar for more information about he incident. Austin Nature Preserve )fficials and Park Police say they lave few leads in the case. Officers attending were Jay Jorden of Dallas, president; Barbe Barker of living, vice-president; Bill Anderson, treasurer; and Julie Jenkins of Austin secretary. Directors attending were Dan Hogenauer and Carl Ponebshek, both of San Antonio; Ron Ralph of Waco; Bill Russell of Austin; and Noble Stidham of Lubbock. Director Bill Sawyer of Sonora was absent. Julie is writing the official meeting minutes. For more information, please contact Julie at 10005 Childress Dr., Austin, Texas 78753 or e-mail her at 0 TEXAS CAVE MANAGEMENT FINANCIAL STATEMENT Beginning balance: Total to be accounted for: Ending balance: Central Bank & Trust 12/31/96 $2,884.48 Grant balances: Wrey Trust Total Grant Funds: Balance of funds in general account: $2,843.01 Respectfully submitted, J. Bruce Anderson, Treasurer NOTES AND OTHER IAPORTANT STUFF Fm maki~qg it a point to send the TQWfl Treasurer a small tax deductable domtion tins month to help dc ray the costs of pmtmg new mw TQrochures ami f ot 1er gened accenting expenses in '97. In this ina1111cr our ge1w-al funds will only be used for tlw mai11te1ia11ce and protection of caves. P.S. Wll you /ie/p too? Viobk If we all sent Bmce $10.00, it would be w lielpfu! in keeping our geneml 1 nds for th uses we all want to see.
Texas Cave Management Association P.O.Box 202853 Austin, TX 78720-2853