The TCMA Conservationist is the official
publication of the Texas Cave Management Association,
a Conservancy of the National Speleological
TCMA CONSERVATIONIST Texas Newsletter of Cave Conservation and Management Volume 1, No. 1 February 1990
Page 2 February 1990 TCMA Conservationist The Conservationist is the official publication of Texas Cave Management Association, a Conservancy of the National Speleological Society. Distribution is free to TCMA members. Associate membership costs $10 annually. Additional complimentary copies are distributed on a temporary basis at the Editor's discretion to cave owners, NSS members and internal organizations, and others involved in cave conservation projects. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Jay Jorden, 1518 Devon Circle, Dallas, TX 75217-1205. SUBMISSIONS: Articles and other Conservationist correspondence should be sent to the Editor. COPYRIGHT 1990 TEXAS CAVE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION except as noted. NSS internal organizations may reprint any item first appearing in the Conservationist as long as proper credit is given and a copy of the newsletter containing the material is mailed to the Editor, Jay Jorden. Officers Mike Walsh Executive Director Claire Snider Secretary-Treasurer Joe Ivy ~oard Chairman Doug Allen Directors Keith Heuss Joe Ivy Jay Jorden Carl Ponebshek Jack Ralph Mike Walsh Typeset at Threshold Communications, Dallas, Texas USA. INDEX Contents .......................... March 8 Meeting Notice. .......... 2 February TCMA Minutes ............ 2 Executive ~irector's Report ...... 3 TCMA Activities History .......... 3 .................................. * TEXAS CAVE MANAGEMENT * ASSOCIATION MEETING * * 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8 * at Mr. Gattis Pizza, * I-H 35 at William Cannon, * Austin, Texas * .................................. COVER: Pen-and-ink drawing by John P. Brooks. INSIDE COVER: TCMA logo. TCMA MINUTES by Doug Allen The following are notes from the Texas Cave Management Association meeting of Feb. 13, 1990. The meeting, at Mr. Gatti's Pizza on Interstate 35 in Austin, was called to order at 7:15 p.m. A quorum of directors was present. The TCMA directors present appointed William Russell to speak on the organization's behalf with the City
TCMA Conservationist February 1990 Page 3 of Austin about a management plan between the city and the group on Maple Run Cave. The appointment was unanimous. Directors also approved Mike Warton to use his funds to produce T-shirts and Jay Jorden to use personal seed 'A money for patch production. Once they "make their money back," all remaining shirts and patches will revert to TCMA's ownership for its fund raising efforts. The decision was unanimous. In other actions, the board of directors: -Voted unanimously to change the TCMA cliarter to reflect six board members rather than nine; -Voted to appoint Jorden as chairman of the Cave Acquisition Committee. The vote was: four ayes, one nay and one abstention; -Approved the pursuit of acquiring Whirlpool Cave under TCMA ownership, pending a clear deed; i.e., with taxes paid and clear title without using current TCMA funds for payment of said taxes. The vote: five ayes, one abstention; -Empowered the Executive Director to sign a deed for Whirlpool Cave's acquisition on behalf of TCMA, subject to a tax settlement. The vote of five ayes and one abstention; -Scheduled the next TCMA meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Mr. Gatti's Pizza, Interstate 35 and William Cannon, in Austin; and -Set a Whirlpool Cave trip for TCMA members for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. Executive Director's Report by Mike Walsh Greetings! We need committee chairs for TCMA. Currently, I serve as TCMA-Texas Parks and Wildlife liaison and Jay Jorden chairs the Cave Acquisition Committee. Open committee positions exist for Bat Protection and Information, Fund Raising, Membership, Cave Management and Cave Education. If the Whirlpool Cave acquisition goes through, we will need to develop a cave management plan. We also need one for 0-9 Well. Also needed is a weekend work project at Whirlpool to clean up the property, do rockwork on the gate, put in fences, build an oil catch at the drainpipe, put up signs, etc. Jay Jorden and I are working on the 1989 National Cave Management. Symposium Proceedings. Thanks to Mike Grimm for his work on Whirlpool Cave and prompting the state highway department to move the drainpipe. We will attempt to secure landscaping to re-establish native grasses. A TPWD Cave Task Force meeting is upcoming. Contact me at (512) 6257229 or write P.O. Box 310732, New Braunfels, TX 78131 for details. We will also need to establish cave acquisition guidelines for our membership. Contact Jay or I if interested. Rod Goke has offered numerous items for a TCMA fundraiser -garage sale, flea market, etc. Contact me if you have donations.
Page 4 February Dues are due for everyone but paidup lifetime members. Please remit $10 for associate membership and $100 for lifetime status ($25 per year is OK) to Treasurer Claire Snider, 2205 W. 12th, No. 13, Austin, TX 78703. Gill Ediger is storing the TCMA tent frame. We hope we can replace the canvas in the future. The tent is available for use by Texas cavers. TCMA ACTIVITIES HISTORY by Mike Walsh Several people have expressed interest in what the Texas Cave ~ana~ement Association has been doing recently. Here is a list of some of our activities for the past several years. -TCMA. was organized and ipcorporated? -Co-sponsored with the City of Austin a Goat Cave conference; -~eveib~ed a TCMA brochure; -Built a 6by 12-foot mobile cave education display; -Constructed a box for pamphlets; -Constructed a rear-projection slide display for conferences; ******* 1518 De Dallas, FORWARD ADDRESS von Circle TX 75217-1205 AND RETURN POSTAGE GU CORRECTION REQUESTED TCMA Conservationist 1990 TCMA Conservationist -Exhibit at conference on Edwards Aquifer north of Colorado River; -Assisted in the development of a.. cave protection bill; -Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Cave Conservation Association; -Developed and took the Caver Conservation-Cave Management Opinion @. Poll ; < -Developed a Texas' significantcave rating system; 1987 -Received a $3250 grant for a bat publication and development over karst areas ; -.. -Became a National Speleological Society Conservancy; f. -Signed a contract with The University of Texas to manage 0-9 Water Well near Ozona; -O~gfciiii~ed the Kickapco Cave State Park project. With help from the Texas Speleological Association, doubled the known number of park caves ; 1988 -A 40by 40-foot tent frame was donated to TCMA; -Organized the Longhorn Caverns State Park Clean-Up .Project. TCMA FIRST CLASS