Caving News and Information
MVG Members attend th Fall 2013 MVOR!
At the Spring/Summer 2013 MVOR, a great caver received a great award. Tony Schmitt was awarded the Lester B Dill Award. Tony has contributed significantly to the MVOR region. He has mapped caves in Arkansas. Tony has significantly participated in the Carol Cave project from the earliest moments. Tony helped discover, map, and now manages six miles of Paulter Cave in Illinois. Tony is instrumental in the CRF operations in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
The Southeastern Cave Conservancy (SCC), the owner of 185 caves located on 27 preserves in six states, has announced that their caves are now open for visitation!
Dedicated to safety and promotion of safety, MVG had a rope school. At the rope school, members learned about rappeling, knots, gear, and climbing.
On July 9, 2011, Berome Moore Cave was dedicated. This dedication was the final step of a lot of hard work by cavers with the Middle Mississippi Valley Grotto and the Missouri Cave and Karst Conservancy. Berome Moore Cave,with access to her 17+ miles of passage, is now protected. If you have any questions about the cave please contact the Middle Mississippi Valley Grotto.
After much discussion and debate, the Meramec Valley Grotto has presented a motion to the 2011 Congress of Grottos. The motion, which is attached, proposes that the Congress of Grottos disolve itself.
The Mark Twain National Forest, which is situated in the Ozarks of Missouri, announced that all their caves would be closed until 2016. This unwise and overkill of a decision was in response to the White Nose Syndrome threat (WNS). Although a couple of bats have been found to have the fungus that causes WNS, there are ZERO cases of WNS in Missouri.