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Vermont Cavers’ Association

The Vermont Cavers’ Association, a Grotto (chapter) of the National Speleological Society, is an organization composed of cavers and other individuals interested in conserving, locating, exploring and researching caves in Vermont. Holding bi-monthly meetings, the Association works to address the issues cave access and landowners relations, conservation of surface and sub-surface resources, and safe caving practices.

Meetings are held at 9:30am on the third Sunday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at the Rutland Regional Ambulance Building in Rutland, Vermont (unless otherwise posted; check the newsfeed on the right for updates). The Ambulance building is south of the Rutland Regional Medical Center on Cold River Road, and the meeting room is around back on the south end of the building.

Membership in the Association is open to any interested person. Membership costs $12 per year or $14 for family membership. If you’re interested in joining the VCA, you can download our membership form here: VCA Member Info Form 2017-03-12.

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Caving in Vermont

ALERT: White Nose Syndrome, a fungal infection, has killed tens of thousands of bats in the Northeast, including most Vermont cave populations. For the most up-to-date information on WNS, go to The primary vector is bat-to-bat, but there is a slim chance of careless human transmission. To eliminate that risk and avoid contributing to the spread of WNS, please refer to the most recent protocols for cleaning and disinfecting of cave clothing and gear. Thank you for your cooperation.

Morris Cave Alert: Morris Cave is a WNS-affected cave. Cavers should refrain from any visitation during the hibernation season (Oct-Apr) to protect surviving bats from disturbance. After hibernation, cavers should adhere to the USFWS cleaning and decontamination protocols to avoid the slim possibility of spreading WNS to unaffected caves. Thank you for helping protect our bats!

Besides regular meetings, the Association sponsors caving trips both in Vermont and to other distant locations. These trips are announced in the Association’s newsletter, which is printed bi-monthly. Other activities included workshops in vertical skills and cave rescue techniques, cave clean-up trips, and other activities based on members’ interest.

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Howdy all, putting out a reminder that this months activity is a trip to Morris cave in Danby on Sunday the 15th. If you have never done Morris it is a classic VT cave , a must due for any northeast caver. If you haven't been in a while come see if you can still do the 3rd pinch😜. Contact me by Wed. if you plan on going. For some pictuers of Morris go to the Vermont Cavers website. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

Vermont Cavers Association

Please consider donating to help the Northeastern Cave Conservancy expand on their Clarksville Cave PreserveThe Northeastern Cave Conservancy Clarksville Preserve Expansion Challenge
Clarksville, NY. The Northeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (NCC) has entered into a contract to obtain additional acreage to consolidate the preserve and protect the southern reaches of the cave system. The NCC will purchase approximately three acres of land (survey in progress) which will link our Gregory Entrance parcel (0.6 Acre) and Ward Entrance parcel (11.27 Acres) into a contiguous approximately 15 Acre preserve. This acquisition not only protects all of Colvin Avenue (from the rimstone pools in upper Cook Avenue to McNab Hall) in perpetuity, but prevents potential residential development on the land above the cave and between our existing two parcels. Future plans for the preserve will include the construction of a walking trail from the area near the existing kiosk down to the Gregory Entrance, so visitors will no longer need to walk along Route 443 to visit the Gregory Entrance or to return to the parking/changing area after exiting.

Our budget for this acquisition (purchase, filing fees, administrative fees, etc.) is $18,000. The NCC Vice President and Co-Manager of the Clarksville Preserve has generously offered us another Challenge Match opportunity. Thom Engel has graciously offered a 50% match (up to $6,000) on the first $12,000 donated. Here’s a great opportunity to increase your money’s effectiveness by half again. You can donate to this cause by check (please write “Clarksville Addition” in the memo line) or on the NCC web site Please add “Clarksville Addition” in the comments section, so we apply your generosity appropriately. Thank you.
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6 months ago

Vermont Cavers Association

The ice unfortunately wasn't good enough for skating due to recent rain, but there were still some pretty columns and draperies ... See MoreSee Less

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