The TCMA Passages is the member newsletter of the
Texas Cave Management Association, a Conservancy of
the National Speleological Society.
Fire Averted from Deep & Punkin Preserve By Allan B. Cobb SPRING 2008 was started by a welder working on a gate. The likely burned. Deep on Friday but his progress was stopped VOL 9 NO 1 Cave Artist Lois Manno 3 Amazing Maze Survey Trip Report 4 Interview: George Veni 6 Eagle Scout projects at Robber Baron 11 Review: Ezells Cave DVD 12 proached Deep & Punkin Preserve from the north. Photo by Allan Cobb See FIRE p. 10 the Preserve Manager, and told him of the headed out to see the damage. We also worked at Photo by Allan Cobb
TCMA Passages Spring 2008 2 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: email@example.com TCMA PASSAGES SPRING 2008 Vol. 9 No. 1 VIEW FROM THE PALIT By Linda Palit Don Arburn Aimee Beveridge Allan Cobb Jon Cradit Jay Jorden Kevin McGowan Joe Mitchell Linda Palit Ron Ralph Joe Ranzau Bill Russell Sue Schindel President: Linda Palit Vice-President: Bill Russell Secretary: Joe Mitchell Treasurer: Joe Ranzau worriedwas TCMA was making a mistake buy ing Deep and Punkin Caves? Could we raise the the money for the mortgage payments? TCMA now only owes about $40,000 on the Deep and Punkin property. Through donations off the rest of the loan. H.T. Miers Cave is on was subdivided, and that H.T. Miers Cave now has a new owner. The new all those owners and send letters? Do we make owners know we exist and we are interested buy ers.
3 TCMA Passages Spring 2008 from one of her art works out more. We talked on the phone and her story was wonderful. ita Falls, Texas. At her ing. Lois was impressed by the strong friendships thought this would be a good group of people to get Over the years, Lois has had some enviable on to have some great times and get involved with many One of her dozen trips into Nova Films. Her love of art and Carlsbad Caverns she found date are earlier than when he was suppose to have Lois leads a busy life. and below the ground, ters, is the wife of Jazz said that she met some TCMA members at an impressed with what she heard about the organiza tion. After the vandalism tion is longer lasting and has a and will soon be available the Texas Cave Management Lois Manno: Artist and Caver By Kevin McGowan CALCITE IN FLIGHT Lois Manno Photo by Kevin McGowan See MANNO p. 16
TCMA Passages Spring 2008 4 By Rae Nadler-Olenick Over the April 22-24 week verged on Amazing Maze Cave series of re-survey trips that start in 2006 following a dozen years Palit, Jon Cradit, Weston Cradit, Mason Cradit, Laura Rosales, Harris all took part in the latest round of surveying. ated terms of management with the University of to TCMA members, who held two survey trips in as well as to push new passage. The group gathered Friday night in the usual spot additional meters of passage, bringing the new sur a number of promising leads. A Survey: in the blanks in the pre-existing map, mainly in the had been previously surveyed by Philip Rykwalder, work on the next trip. The team mapped a total of 43 meters. B Survey: and Rae taking off from station C68, surveyed Photo by Peter Sprouse
5 TCMA Passages Spring 2008 C Survey: drop abruptly to the lower level and turned out where the last lower survey end very tight one. One unpleasant Joe, assisted by passage involved stoop-walking in narrow, one to one-and-a-half E Survey: level, turned Northeast, and, following the passage, shots for a total of 116 meters. F Survey: gaps in an area surrounded by surveyed passage. They netted about 143 meters of survey, and met are no promising leads left in that area. After they A Survey: were impressed she talked to her ing, and named in her honor. B Survey fronted with a C Survey E Survey elevation. F Survey: The next survey trip to Amazing Maze is Photo by Peter Sprouse
TCMA Passages Spring 2008 6 George Veni: Executive Director of the National Cave and Karst Institute By Aimee Beveridge Tell me about your new position at NCKRI. The City of Carlsbad provided substantial funding However, after a few years, the partners realized it still has its Congressional mandates. With that also spent time working on needed administrative still working on this year. What types of research projects or cave conservation projects are you involved in? most important karst areas. Through grants we have program, with both on-line taught and self-taught and developers bring more information and tools INTERVIEW
7 TCMA Passages Spring 2008 people to register at www.karstportal.org. One of and information as they are posted to the Portal. He has published several important papers on the about it? Many people have the understandable, but years ago and was impressed by the River Walk. He returned to Carlsbad with the idea of extending the industrial area and redeveloping it into a shopping, the property, put in a road, upgrade the utilities, and The original design for the building was over2 2 the high vulnerability of karst terrains to adverse and various probes in the roost will provide live in early summer and will take about one year to faster, but felt it more important that the design be done as well as possible. directed toward cave conservation? for now we have to take baby steps to make sure the administrative gears are set and working, the building is built well, and an outstanding staff is See VENI p. 8
TCMA Passages Spring 2008 8 VENI (from p. 7) in additional funds to pay for more staff and more planners will attend. Most of these people work for How does it feel to be the Chairman international relations and friendships, professional welcome? Coordinator at m listing your interests, skills, and availability before their in myriad ways. Most help will be needed during through several of its members working on the Organizing Committee and in other roles, by for students and also for professionals working in s lately? During the past year, between wrapping up my in over a year at Amazing Maze Cave at the end of
9 TCMA Passages Spring 2008 time. At that point, my old work obligations will be should be behind me. few urban stresses or other management issues that only that the need appears less urgent. efforts of people who privately organize regional since its inception. Do you have any years? and 20 years. B) Develop a business plan that provides regular intervals. Too often, volunteer organizations volunteers. There are always people who say they an hour a week, and does, rather than someone who with the intent of grooming them for leadership positions. Change is hard, but fresh ideas and who is ready to move on and who is ready to move orderly and positive fashion. Many organizations See VENI p. 10
TCMA Passages Spring 2008 10 Photo by Joe Mitchell something similar. and is moving in positive ways that would not have happen with TCMA. VENI (from p. 9) you feel is important? for all of the great work TCMA and its members in the years ahead. FIRE (from p. 1) went out onto the land north of ours to work on some then that the dozer slipped off a ledge and ended up on its side. Edwards County brought in the other side of the several hours to get it out there. They along the road on our property and then moved northeast of our property. They worked with that dozer until it got too steep. Late in the afternoon, line in the steep areas. They worked until dark. returned and a helitanker arrived and dumped water on many of the hot spots. This helped in some of the then able to get in out to the following for alerting us about for bringing food, drinks, and Zara Environmental for load of water. We ended up not needing Photo by Allan Cobb
11 TCMA Passages Spring 2008 By Joe Mitchell ing lot these are all parts of the Robber Baron the sinkhole to the Camellia gate. The trail also Photo by Joe Mitchell Photo by Joe Mitchell tends most of the length of property and provides rough, muddy area that it used to be. been an invaluable addition to the Robber Baron adopted the task of watering the new plants on the teers that have helped improve the property.
TCMA Passages Spring 2008 12 narrated by, and starring the Texas Blind Cave Eurycea rathbuni limited range. Cave. The story is told through old newspaper its own outtakes that make you feel like you are By Allan B. Cobb of the early days of studying the salamander and the invertebrates that are found in the Edwards Jon Cradit, the TCMA Preserve Manager water supply for almost 2 million people in Central Texas. amphipods. These are the preferred food of the salamanders so they were there too. After the undoubtedly, the salamanders followed. working on a population study of the salamanders. results. During this segment, underwater video of salamander in its natural habitat. REVIEW Title: The Edwards Aquifer, Ezells Cave and the Search for the Blind Monster Written, Directed, and Narrated by: Joe Furman
13 TCMA Passages Spring 2008 TCMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTES Meeting Date: Sunday, October 21, 2007 / Location: Texas Caver Reunion, Paradise Canyon, Medina Co., TX OFFICER REPORTS President Report Passages are available. Vice-President Report Treasurer Report about Preserve budgets and valuations. COMMITTEE REPORTS By-Laws Committee LIDAR Committee Cave Acquision Committee Fundraising Committee tions and others will go to goodwill. Ranzau reports that $320 was raised for the breakfast. Don asks for more help. Communications Committee Budget Committee MANAGEMENT REPORTS OLD BUSINESS Volunteer Coordinator tee. Capitol Caver La Cantera Publications NEW BUSINESS Misc. held this winter for Robber Baron.
TCMA Passages Spring 2008 14 TCMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING NOTES Meeting Date: Sunday, January 13, 2008 / Location: Colorado Bend State Park, TX OFFICER REPORTS President Report Vice-President Report Treasurer Report COMMITTEE REPORTS Communications Committee Fundraising Committee Database Committee Preserve Committee Budget Committee General Expenses: Deep & Punkin Preserve: Rolling Oaks Preserve: Robber Baron Preserve:
15 TCMA Passages Spring 2008 Whirlpool Preserve: Lost Oasis Preserve: Godwin Ranch Preserve: Village of Western Oaks Preserve: that relationship. Ezells Preserve: UT Lands: By-laws Review PRESERVE & MANAGEMENT REPORTS Rolling Oaks Comm. Committee when improvements are undertaken. Robber Baron grand opening will be this fall. Camp Bullis OLD BUSINESS Listserve LIDAR Robber Baron Grand Opening Grant Writer Arburn reiterates need for professional grant writer. NEW BUSINESS COI Policy ICS 2009 Misc. Business
TCMA Passages Spring 2008 16 MANNO (from p. 3) 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. Make checks payable to: TCMA / Mail to: P.O. Box 7427, Austin, TX 78713 Name E-mail Address Cave Acquisition Fund General Donation Donate to a TCMA Preserve: AMOUNT: $ Preserve Name Individual and Family Donors Tom Brown Michelle Bryant William Bushfield Tom Florer David B. Hea Dave Heagerty Frank Herzig Nick Johnson Mark Lee Milo Marks Candace Martens Logan McNatt Gordon Morlan David Ochel Greg Passmore Grover and Sue Shade Susan Souby Peter Sprouse Pat Thompson Chris Vreeland Marian Wilson Institutional Donors Cowtown Grotto Texas Cave Conservancy University of Texas Grotto Major Individual Donors DONOR APPRECIATION Lois and other volunteers got the idea of having an These works are rarely exhibited. The exhibit is A special thank you to Bev Shade and Jonathan Wilson who, for their wedding, re quested donations be made to the TCMA land acquisition fund in lieu of gifts. The TCMA would like to thank all of our donors over the last year: Aaron Addison Don Arburn Allan Cobb John M. Kreidler Linda Palit Major Institutional Donors Devils Sinkhole Society