TCMA Brochure (PDF)
TCMA Bylaws (PDF)
TCMA exists to acquire, conserve, and manage caves, and to promote research and education regarding caves and karst while providing responsible access to our preserves.
The Texas Cave Management Association is the most recognized and respected cave and karst conservancy in Texas. TCMA protects 75 geographically diverse preserves through our own efforts and partnerships, allowing controlled access for scientific and, when appropriate, recreational use. TCMA encourages research and provides education on karst protection, investing $75,000 annually in these efforts. TCMA acquires 10 conservation easements annually to encourage protection of sensitive karst areas. TCMA has annual revenue in excess of $150,000, with a $200,000 stewardship endowment and over $100,000 in cash and assets. Our 500+ members, many of whom are non-cavers, actively support our organization through volunteerism and giving. TCMA sets the standard in resource stewardship and new conservation, and is the leader in strong organizational standards and practices in Texas.
Who We Are
TCMA was Chartered in 1986 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit Texas corporation in support of:
The preservation for posterity of the caves and caverns of Texas and
their mineral, biological, archaeological and aesthetic contents; to promote
the conservation and study of caves within the state of Texas; to promote
and support any scientific and educational programs on caves in Texas
the Board of Directors shall from time to time authorize; to acquire real
and personal property by lease, ownership or other means. All of the activities
are to be carried out solely for conservation, scientific and educational
purposes and not for profit.
What we do!
First, above all we are dedicated to preserving Texas Caves. Caves are a delicate resource
What you can do! Volunteer!
Volunteers are always needed to further the work of TCMA. Check the TSA website
calendar for for projects or other scheduled events.
Volunteers lead educational trips, participate in work projects, manage
properties, photo monitoring activities, survey caves, and map caves.
The TCMA now has a member and interested party list server for the latest news
and information about the TCMA. An e-mail is typically sent out monthly.
If you'd like to subscribe to the news list, please send a blank e-mail to:
email@example.com. The subscription is automatic!
This is NOT a public discussion list.
TCMA Committee Members
Acquisitions Committee (ad hoc) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Travis Scott
Members: Jerry Atkinson, Jim Kennedy, Linda Palit, Ron Ralph, Geary Schindel, Matt Turner, William Russell
Archives Committee (ad hoc) - email@example.com
Chair: Ann Scott
Members: Jerry Atkinson, Ron Ralph, Linda Palit
Budget Committee (standing) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Ron Ralph
Members: Michelle Bryant, Michael Cicherski, Susan Souby
Communications Committee (ad hoc)
Chair: Jay Jorden
Members: Joe Mitchell, Matt Turner, Saj Zappitello
Database Committee (ad hoc) email@example.com
Chair: Denise Prendergast
Members: Susan Souby
Finance Committee (ad hoc) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Michael Cicherski
Members: Linda Palit, John Brooks, Saj Zappitello
Fundraising Committee (ad hoc)
Chair: Pam Campbell
Members: Don Arburn, Evelynn Mitchell, Jill Orr, Linda Palit, Ann Scott, Saj Zappitello
Insurance Committee (ad hoc) email@example.com
Chair: Michael Cicherski
Members: Linda Palit, Joe Ranzau, Jill Brooks
Membership Committee (ad hoc) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Bennett Lee
Members: Joe Mitchell, Linda Palit, Matt Turner, Saj Zappitello
Nominations Committee (Standing) email@example.com
Chair: Galen Falgout
Members: Don Arburn, Matt Turner
Preserves Management Committee (ad hoc) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Jim Kennedy
Members: : Don Arburn, Joe Mitchell, Ryan Monjaras, David Ochel, Ron Ralph, Matt Turner, Ellie Watson
TCMA Board of Directors
Board Member Description