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Vol. 8, no. 2 (2007)
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Amazing Maze Cave Speleogenesis Studied By Geary Schindel FALL 2007 In 2006, the Texas Cave Management Association (TCMA) reached an agreement with the Texas Lands System (TLS) to manage their cave resources. Some of caves located on Texas Lands System holdings include O-9 Well and Amazing Maze Cave. Since the initiation of the agreement, TCMA representatives have repaired the gate at Amazing Maze and started to remap the cave. Amazing Maze has one of the densest collections of passages in the United States with more than 7,500 meters shown on the existing map, making it the third longest cave in the state. Each passage intersection has four to VOL 8 NO 2 Progress at Village of Western Oaks 4 Communications Committee Report 5 Steps and Fence Built at Robber Baron 6 Deep and Punkin Update 7 TCMA By-Laws Revisions 9 See AMAZING MAZE p. 8 Steve Bryant observed and collected a clay specimen from the cave which analysis revealed was endolite. TCMA By-Laws Revi sions Proposed By William Russell Photo by Aimee Beveridge The Bylaws of the TCMA are being revised for just to bring the bylaws up to date with changing times. Telephone meetings are changed to elec tronic meetings to allow for the use of email. The revisions to the bylaws are included in this issue of the Passages (see page 9) and the thinking behind the changes is discussed below. The TCMA mem bership must approve these revisions, which will be presented at the general membership meeting on and through its Board of Directors, but provisions brought before the meeting. Members meetings are primarily intended to elect the Board members who are then to govern the TCMA. To clarify this division of duties, the ability of members meetings to take independent action was limited [in sec See BY-LAWS p. 3

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TCMA Passages Fall 2007 2 Organization. How do you get an organization organized? How do you translate good ideas and good intentions into reality? How do you get over zation and growth? What does any of that mean to having caves available to Texas cavers, saving caves, and preserving caves? TCMA held a weekend workshop for strategic planning last May. The Board began to answer the above questions and set goals to accomplish for the next two to ten years for TCMA. Seeing the vision is easy; developing a realistic plan for how to get to the vision is hard, hard work. But we developed some ideas and I believe you will start seeing some results. We have a new Communications Committee, with Kevin McGowan as it leader. Kevin needs your help. He is sending you a personal letter in this edition of Passages, and is especially concen trating on compiling pictures and video on all our caves so that the information can be used whenever needed. To make it easier to join, renew, or donate, we now can accept memberships or donations through PayPal. We have been talking about this for a long time, but it is now a reality. We are revising and restoring our ability to take monthly donations from any caver willing to make that commitment. Susan Souby has agreed to coordinate this effort, and we will begin accepting monthly donations through credit cards or electronic funds transfers this weekend. Monthly donations not only add to to improve our access to loans when we suddenly putting together information for a TCMA Listserve to provide membership and other interested people email news about TCMA projects, needs, and ini tiatives. We will take your email information if you want to be on the list, and will keep you informed. We anticipate sending no more than one or two emails a month. This will not be a discussion fo rum because we dont want you overwhelmed with The bi-annual publication of: The Texas Cave Management Association PO Box 7427 Austin, Texas, 78713 www.tcmacaves.org Editor: Joe Mitchell 11463 Enchanted Sunset Dr. San Antonio, TX 78253 E-mail: joemitchell@satx.rr.com TCMA PASSAGES FALL 2007 Vol. 8 No. 2 VIEW FROM THE PALIT By Linda Palit emails. We are doing this to reach out to our mem bers, keep you informed on what is happening, and invite you to help with projects. Don needs your help in fundraising! Come by our table and see the great banner he has created for TCMA. Don will coordinate the fundraising initia tives we already have, supervise some new ones, and help keep you informed about our progress on different initiatives. One of our major initiatives at this point is pay ing off Deep and Punkin Preserve. We owe a bit the next year and a half to avoid having to get a We need your help to make this happen. We have some other important organizational initiatives. These will affect the membership less directly because they deal with how TCMA is or ganized. We are developing our Budget Commit tee and Bylaws Committee to help TCMA function See PALIT p. 12

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3 TCMA Passages Fall 2007 can pass a resolution to buy a cave, but this is just an advisory action; the actual decision to purchase the cave will be by the Board. have been expanded to include life members. The much historical information has been eliminated. The procedure for removal of Board members bers --the original word ing-is required to remove a Board member. With the increased size of the TCMA this provision is no longer useful, prompting much discussion. Meet the authority of the president to appoint commit was thought proxies cause problems when they are not well acquainted with complex problems, and attempt to follow instructions and deal with new govern the conduct of meetings. The section on provisions were included elsewhere for the deliv ery of notices. A provision to elect a Chairperson it requires action by a majority of all members to remove a Board member. A Board member could be removed by calling a members meeting to re move the Board member. This would only require of the members are needed for a quorum. This has not been a pressing problem, but most orga nizations have such a provision to remove Board members to prevent the embarrassment of having to the TCMA, or wrote to a cave owner that the you unless you provide access to your cave, or attempted a kidnapping to obtain money to buy a cave; then we might need a provision to remove the Board member. One problem with a is that an angry Board is likely just to vote an offending Board member off the Board. I do not think it is a good idea to allow a majority of the Board just to instantly remove Board members. Could Board members sue the TCMA, claiming they had been illegally harmed? I suggested a bylaw amendment that provides a board member could be removed by a three-fourth majority of the Board, and this way the Board could take care of the problem. There probably should be nations to be delivered and passions to cool; but there was not time to work out the details. This issue is still to be resolved. The By-Laws revisions will be presented to the TCMA member ship for a vote at the Oct. 21st Membership Meeting See pg. 9 for a complete copy of all proposed revisions to the TCMA By-Laws. BY-LAWS (from p. 1) Bill Russell is the Chairman of the TCMA ByLaws and Structure Committee The Texas Cave Management Association is actively seeking out caves for purchase. If you are aware of any caves that you think are signicant in length and depth and are avail able for sale, contact a TCMA board member and theyll bring it to the attention of the Cave Acquisition Committee (Geary Schindel, Chair). Finding caves worth purchase, which are located on properties that are affordable to the TCMA is the trick. Hopefully, our persistence will pay off with future cave acquisitions.

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TCMA Passages Fall 2007 4 The Villages of Western Oaks Karst Preserve is an area of about 20 acres with several caves and a sinkhole located in Southwest Austin, in a subdivision one block west of the Mopac express way. The area was set aside as a preserve during development of the neighborhood, and an annual Austin as allowed in the contract. The City said you cant do that; we refuse to accept the proper ty. Meanwhile, during dry years the water level in the wet pond seriously declined and the City said the neighborhood had to add makeup water. The TCMA warned the HOA not to accept the pond or New Hope to Break Deadlock over Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve By William Russell assessment was placed on neighbor ing houses and apartments to pay for management and maintenance of the preserve. During construction there was an interim management agree ment between the City of Austin, the developer Lumbermans Investment Company (LIC) and Village of West ern Oaks Homeowners Association (HOA), and the TCMA. The idea behind this agreement was TCMA would take care of the caves, the HOA would collect the assessments, and the City would turn the property over the TCMA when the subdivision all the work in the preserve. Unfortu nately, the contract was not explicit, there was much confusion in writing the contract, and the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer District (BSEACD) is actually listed as the recipient of the property. However, the BSEACD has zero interest in the property. But that is not the serious problem. As part of the initial enthu siasm over the karst preserve, LIC agreed to build a wet pond to improve the water quality. This pond was con structed, but then was found to leak. LIC said it was not their fault, it was discussion (for years), then LIC said are giving the property to the City of A work day was held at the Village of Western Oaks Karst Pre serve in early October. Julie Jenkins paints kiosks at the side entrance to the Preserve (top), while Guy Ruehls and Ron Ralph enthusiastically tackle weed wacking (bottom). Photos by William Russell

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5 TCMA Passages Fall 2007 Howdy! Last year I was voted on the board of TCMA. I have al ways felt TCMA to be a welcom ing and friendly organization with the cavers best interests at heart. Gone are the days of secret caving and secret caves. With the advent of the internet, cavers are in touch, more informed, and a more inclu sive than ever! The past year on the TCMA board has proven that I was recently elected to the committee. The goal of the committee is to trans form TCMA into a more professional and respon sive organization. Weve grown over the past few years and with it, so has our responsibility. Its a daunting yet exciting task. Our biggest and most urgent need is for you, our members, to help out in anyway you can. As chair TCMA. We might use them to make a proposal for grants or selling our services of property and cave management, or helping us to acquire more caves. We need visual, audio, and written materials on our properties. We are putting together brochures for Whirlpool Deep/Punkin Cave Preserve, and even a TCMA Poster. We would greatly appreciate any copies of still photos, video, or sound clips that you think really captures the caves and preserves. Also, if you have a particularly interesting trip report, wed love to read it. TCMA needs the support of our members, and hope that youll respond. Any materials you submit to TCMA will be given a copyright credit. All we ask is that we can use them to promote TCMA and its mission. of volunteering on resto trips. That experience gave me a great respect for cave conservation and also allowed me into some pretty incredible caves. munity I get it backand sometimes I get back ten fold! It is the great caves, great caving opportunities, and great people out there that makes it so much fun! TCMA needs its members to step up and help us, as an organization, to jump to the next level. We need your help and support to make that happen! A Letter from the Communications Committee By Kevin McGowan they would be libel for the water that leaked from the pond. The city was just looking for a way out and wanted to give the wet pond to the HOA, but they resisted. This impasse has continued for years, but recent activity gives some cause for hope. The city called a meeting that was mostly a restatement of the issues, but it resulted in talks between the HOA and TCMA that informally sorted out some of the problems. After reading the contract we agreed re luctantly that the karst preserve included the wet pond, and karst preserve assessments could be used to maintain the wet pond. The HOA has asked the TCMA to start some work on the preserve using the preserve assessments, and this could be the start of a working relation. We do not actually need the either the City or LIC; we can just manage the pre serve. This is not a good long-term solution, as ence on the HOA, but it is a start. And, several in is a silly spat, and should not be allow to continue; so the TCMA is planning to bring the issue before the City of Austin Environmental Board, to break the deadlock. And despite the politics, the TCMA is planning on a wonderful Austin Cave Day at the preserve on October 27. There will be booths and displays from several agencies and you can poke into two of the caves. If you are in the area stop by and visit the preserve. Kevin McGowan

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TCMA Passages Fall 2007 6 Robber Baron Gets New Fence, Steps By Joe Mitchell Steve Bryant observed and collected a clay specimen from the cave which analysis revealed was endolite. The completed stairs provides access into the sinkhole and helps reduce Photo by Jim Jasek Photo by Joe Mitchell Photo by Joe Mitchell Matthew Haas organized the construc tion of the fence around the sinkhole for his Eagle Scout project. cently achieved several important milestones and Cave is the longest known cave in Bexar County and has been a well-known and heavily-visited urban cave since the early twentieth century. As a result, the sinkhole has long been partially debrislot. The cave also is home to two federally listed endan gered species. This project, the restoration of the sink hole entrance by removal of cave, enhanced access, and improving the surface of the property. Over the past year, there have been seven work days, during which two ma jor portions of the project have been completed: the steps into the sinkhole and a fence around the sinkhole. The stairs follow a trench that was dug into the sinkhole in order to remove the debris trench, is was decided that it would be an easier and safer access into the sinkhole as well as providing a control lable conduit for water and organic material to enter the cave. The steps are a series of low stone walls that are eter gravel. Water can trickle down through the gravel and pass through conduits placed in the stone portion of the steps. This controls the speed sion and sediment deposition at the bottom. This project proved to be a major undertaking, requiring The most recent addition was a fence around the sinkhole. The 30-foot depth of the sinkhole poses a potential safety hazard and the sinkhole has also been the victim of dumping on several occa sions. This project was undertak en by Matthew Haas of San An tonio for his Eagle Scout project. His plan involved placement of wood posts around the sinkhole and then attaching a four-foot high no-climb fencing material. A gate was also placed on the backside of the sinkhole to allow for hoisting materials in and out of the cave in the future. Matthew acquired all the ma terials without any expense to TCMA and organized for a group of volunteers to attend the work day. This was coordinated with a standard TCMA work day and

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7 TCMA Passages Fall 2007 We are now into our third year of ownership of Deep and Punkin Nature Preserve and there are a number of improvements to the property that have cent additions to the cabin include a larger refrig erator, the addition of a pressure tank and two hot water heaters, and the installation of a second stove for cooking. The pressure tank has vastly improved water pressure in the cabin and made the shower a great luxury after a hard day of caving on the prop erty. We upgraded the electric service to the cabin of the second stove. This has improved the use of the cabin for cooking during when larger groups use the property. Our neighbor has worked hard on the road by removing a number of large rocks and grading the road. This should improve our ability to get to the property. We have also purchased a number of steel beams which will be used to con for a screened in sleeping porch. When the porch cover is completed, the second stove will be moved to the back to create a new cooking area. There have been a number of trips to Deep Cave over the spring and summer. Most of the trips vis in the cave appears to be having minimal impact. Over Labor Day, we had about 20 people members to the property. While there were a number of trips into Deep Cave, the group also did a lot of work on the property including clearing of cedar along the western property line, cutting of cat claw, and clearing and moving the road to Punkin Cave. because of bats. Evening visits to the Punkin Cave half hour in duration. The bats have headed south for the winter and the cave is now open for visita tion. Both Punkin and Deep caves are being re mapped and additional new passage has been found in both caves. Surveying in Punkin Cave is being for more information. D&P Sees Survey, Work Trips By Geary Schindel Photo by Joe Mitchell Cavers, scouts, neighbors, and many other volun teers provided the labor for completing the sink hole fence and step projects. Photo by Joe Mitchell came to dig holes, place posts, and pour concrete footers. The work was accomplished by early after noon, after which some of the volunteers toured the cave. At followup workday a week later, the fenc ing was attached and the gate was mounted. Since then, one additional work day was held on October 6. Several small projects were done in cluding staining the new fence posts, pulling ivy, and building a stone patio in the frequently muddy area leading up to the cave entrance. provements on the property to funnel street storm erosion of the trench walls by berming the edge. ect to build a trail across the property linking the construction of a parking area in the alley and land scaping. During this latter task, we will remove non-natives and replace them with native plants. We will also add signs and an information kiosk. Through the work of many years and over 3000 MAs showplace preserves. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible!

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TCMA Passages Fall 2007 8 unusual pattern of the cave attracted the attention of Dr. Alexander Klimchouk, director of the Ukrainian has been spending the year in the United States as the visiting scientist with the National Cave and Karst 2007 to attend a meeting on the Edwards Aquifer, he asked if he could also visit Amazing Maze Cave. a mapping trip that weekend and invited us along. We also brought Steven Bryant, an undergraduate student in geology at UTAustin. Dr. Klimchouk is internationally known for his work on the large gypsum maze caves in Ukraine, and also for his work in Georgia, as one of the leaders of the expedition that explored Krubera Cave, the deepest cave in the world. Dr. Klimchouk has written extensively on the formation of maze caves by a process called vertical transverse speleogenesis. The theory states that some maze caves, such as network mazes and spongework mazes are formed by groundwater moving vertically upward. When groundwater reaches an impermeable unit, it will move horizontally, dissolving large AMAZING MAZE (from p. 1) networks imprinted upon the controlling geologic factors, such as faults, fractures, or fossil beds. Caves formed by this process have some unique characteristics including copulas or holes in the ceiling, dead end passages, and characteristic maze patterns. Because these types of caves are formed by regional and deep seated (hypogene) groundwater sulfuric acid processes. Amazing Maze Cave shows clear evidence of having been formed by vertical transverse processes and Dr. Klimchouck took a number of photographs of the cave as examples of this process. Some of these photos appear in this Hydrogeological and Morphogenetic Perspective Institute. Amazing Maze Cave contains a number of unusual speleothems including calcite blisters, crusts, and some large gypsum deposits. In addition, Steven Bryant found a deposit of waxy red clay in mineral indicative of sulfuric acid speleogenesis. The mapping of Amazing Maze Cave continues to extend the limits of the cave and hopefully, reveal additional clues regarding its formation. TCMA Board Visits Rolling Oaks Preserve Photos by Kevin McGowan Several members of the Board of Directors visited TCMAs Rolling Oaks Preserve after their September 29th meeting (left). During the trip they evaluated the condition of the rarely visited San Antonio Preserve and discussed some potential future projects on the property. Bill Russell checks out Chimney Cricket Cave (right) which was re-located during the visit after its location was lost for several years.

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9 TCMA Passages Fall 2007 The TCMA Board of Directors proposes these changes to the TCMA By-Laws. These changes must be voted on by the membership to be approved and will be presented at the membership meeting to be held Sunday, October 21st at the Texas Caver Reunion. Only sections of the By-Laws with changes are shown are denoted with Bold Text with additions denoted by an Underline and deletions denoted by a Striketh rough. such place as shall be determined by the Board. All Board members shall use all reasonable efforts to attend the an nual meeting of members. At each annual meeting, the members shall elect Board members and transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting. At least 20 days prior to each annual meeting of members, the Nominating Committee shall present to the Board slates of director nominees. The Board shall present such slates to the membership at the annual meeting. Nominations for directors may also be made by members from the will serve if elected. Actions taken at a members meeting, except those involving election or termination of directors become effective upon approval of the Board. Section 3.2 Special Meetings. Special meetings of the members may be called (i) by the President; (ii) upon 30 days after receipt of any of the above requests and shall be held at such place as shall be determined by the of the meeting. Actions taken at a special members meeting, except those involving election or termination of directors, become effective upon approval of the Board. Section 3.6 Classes of Membership. The Corporation shall may have six seven categories of members: 3. Associate 5. Institutional 6. Honorary 7. Life The amount of dues and the annual period to be covered by dues and fees shall be established by the Board. seven directors until the 1994 annual meeting of the members, at which meeting two additional directors shall be elected to increase the Board to nine not more than fifteen directors. The number of directors may be increased or decreased by resolution of the Board,, but in no case shall the number s of directors be more than nine or less than three No decrease in the number of directors shall shorten the term of any incumbent director. Except as expressly provided otherwise herein, the term of each director shall be three years and each director may be elected for additional terms; provided, however, that each director shall continue to serve as a director until his successor has been elected and has qualified. Each director must be a member of the Corporation. At the 1994 annual meeting of the members,

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TCMA Passages Fall 2007 10 the members shall elect two new directors to each serve three-year terms from 1995 through 1997. The terms of Carl Ponebshek, Bob Burnett, Lee Jay Graves and Ron Ralph shall expire December 31, 1995. At the 1995 annual meeting of the members, the members shall elect three directors to each serve three-year terms from 1996 through 1998 and one director to serve a two-year term from 1996 through 1997. The terms of Jay Jorden, Bill Russell and Noble Stidham shall expire December 31, 1996. At the 1996 annual meeting of the members, the members shall elect three directors to each serve three-year terms from 1997 through 1999. my may be filled by election at an annual or spe cial meeting of the members called for that purpose or by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining direc tors. though the remaining directors may constitute less than a quorum of the Board. A director elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term of his predecessor in office. Any directorship to be filled by reason of an increase in the number of directors shall be filled by election at an annual meeting or at a special meeting of the members called for that purpose. A majority of the all TCMA members in good standing at the time of the vote may, at any time and with or without cause, terminate the term of office of all or any of the directors by a vote at any annual or special meeting called for that purpose. Such removal shall be effective immediately upon such action of the members even if successors are not elected simultaneously, and the vacancies on the Board caused by such action shall be filled only by election by the members. Board members may not be removed at a special members meeting unless the notice of the meeting indicates a purpose of the meeting is the removal of Board members. place, as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board; provided, however, at least one regular meeting of the Board shall be held each calendar year. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President on with at least personally or by mail or by telegram by email; special meetings shall be called by the President or Secretary in like manner and on like notice on the written request of at least two directors. The purposed purpose(s) of any special meeting shall be specified in the notice of the meeting. or any waiver of notice of the meeting. Telephone Electronic Meetings. Members of the Board or members of any committee designated by the Board may participate in and hold a meeting by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment by which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other, or by email. Actions considered in an email meeting require an affirmative approval by a majority of Board Members to be effective, and are to be conducted according to procedures approved by the Board. of two or more persons. Each committee may include or be composed entirely of persons who are not directors of the Corporation. Each committee shall have such power and authority and shall perform such functions as may be designated from time to time by the President. Each committee shall have such name as may be designated by the President and shall keep regular minutes of its proceedings and report the same to the Board when requested by the Board. The president determines the membership, terms and duration of each committee, though the power to appoint and dismiss committee members may be delegated to the committee chairman. verifying membership, and oversee ing the orientation of new members. Section 4.11 Budget Committee. The president shall designate a Budget Committee. The Budget Com end of the year to provide a proposed budget for Board approval before the end of the year.

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11 TCMA Passages Fall 2007 (Section 4.11 is new, so all subsequent sections of ARTICLE 4 are renumbered accordingly.) of Directors which shall consist of such members as the Board designates by resolution. Such Advisory Board shall serve at the pleasure of the Board and shall perform such functions as may be designated by the Board. Section 4.14 Proxies All votes at all meetings shall be made by the actual person eligible to vote. There is nate a spokesperson to represent his or her views, the absent member may designate the spokesperson in any way satisfactory to a majority of the Board, and the spokesperson may be recognized by the chairman and speak in the meeting, but may not vote or second motions. Section 4.15 Roberts Rules The current revision of Roberts Rules of Order shall prevail in all instances not covered by the TCMA charter or bylaws. tion or of these Bylaws, notice is required to be given to any member or director and no provision is made as to how such notice shall be given, it shall not be construed to mean personal notice, but any such notice may be given in writing, by mail, postage prepaid, addressed to such member or director at such address as it ap pears on the books of the Corporation. Any notice required or permitted to be given by mail shall be deemed to be given when it is deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid. Section 5.2 Waiver. Whenever any notice is required to be given to any member or director, under the signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated in such notice, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice. (ARTICLE 5 was deleted in its entirety so each subsequent ARTICLE and Section is renumbered accordingly) a Chairperson of the Board a President, one or more Vice Presidents, a Treasurer and a Secretary. The Corporation may also have an Executive Director. The members Board of Directors also may appoint one or more Assistant Secretaries, one or more Assistant Treasurers members Board shall deem necessary, who shall be appointed for such terms and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as shall be determined form from time to time by the members Board Secretary shall not be held by the same person. The President shall preside at Board meetings and the Annual members meeting except that a Chairperson of the Board may be elected by the Board to preside over Board opted at any annual or special non-electronic meeting of the Board by a two-thirds majority of those voting. The amendment shall then be published by newsletter to the membership for approval at any annual or special meeting of the members.

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TCMA Passages Fall 2007 12 The TCMA Board of Directors has proposed a revision to the TCMA By-Laws. These revi sions must be approved by the TCMA membership in order to be effective. Please attend the Membership Meeting to be held at 9:30am on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the Texas Caver Reunion to cast your vote. A complete list of changes to the By-Laws can be found inside this issue of the Passages on Page 9. NOTICE TO TCMA MEMBERSHIP PALIT (from p. 2) Perhaps more important than all the other ini tiatives listed above is our Acquisitions Commit tee, headed by Geary Schindel. Without the Ac quisitions Committee, we would not need the other committees because saving caves is what we are about. The Acquisition Committee, as its name im plies, works at acquiring caves. Geary coordinates our efforts, but we need all of you to keep your eyes and ears open, to make those positive connec tions to land owners, and to be there when they are wondering what to do with their caves. When you hear of a cave for sale, let Geary know and you can help us look at the cave. If you dont have time, pass the information to Geary and we will see what we can do. We dont want to go around terrifying do want to know about it and be there if the time is right. That takes lots of people watching and listening. you help? Think about it. The organization cannot thrive without you, and all the cavers like you. Don Arburn Aimee Beveridge Allan Cobb Jon Cradit Jay Jorden Bill Russell Kevin McGowan Joe Mitchell Linda Palit Joe Ranzau Sue Schindel President: Linda Palit Vice-President: Bill Russell Secretary: Joe Mitchell Treasurer: Michelle Bryant MEMBERSHIP AND DONATION INFORMATION The Texas Cave Management Association invites you to be part of a statewide conservation effort by participating as an active member. TCMA needs your generous contributions and your help in its management activities and for cave acquisition. Your contributions are tax deductible and are used to support caves, cave science, conservation, and educational activities. Caves are a unique and non-renewable resource. We urge you to join with TCMA to protect our Texas caves and karst. Name E-mail Address City State Zip Phone #s Date Cave Aquisition Fund General Donation Donate to a TCMA Preserve: AMOUNT: $ Preserve Name