2017 Elections
TCMA Board of Directors elections start November 10, 2017 and close on November 30, 2017.

The elected directors join the TCMA Board of Directors in 2018. Find out about the candidates who want to represent you here.
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Protecting Texas caves since 1986
Texas Cave Management Association (TCMA) is a nonprofit conservancy dedicated to the preservation of caves and karst resources in Texas. TCMA is the most recognized and respected cave and karst conservancy in Texas.
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Volunteer Driven
We are run entirely by hard-working volunteers just like you! Volunteers lead educational trips, participate in work projects, manage properties, survey and map caves, and more!

Join our community and make new friends while you help protect valuable natural resources.
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Cave and Nature Preserves
We own and manage cave and nature preserves across Texas, from the Texas Hill Country to the heart of major cities, such as Whirlpool Cave in Austin and Robber Baron Cave in San Antonio.
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We work closely with schools, youth organizations, nature groups, and more to teach people about these delicate karst environments. If you are interested in hands-on classes for your organization, or interested in helping teach others about caves, contact us.
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TCMA elections are live and WORKING

I just voted and everything seems to be working well. Please check your inbox now for your ballot.  If you know you are a paid member and haven’t received your ballot please let me know. Gregg

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Some technical difficulties

I suspect there still may be some problems with the election. I will address them after the Robber Baron open house today and hopefully have everything fixed soon. If you have problems voting please sit tight for a little bit

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2018 Board of Directors Election

The elections for the 2018 Board of Directors will be taking place starting at midnight tonight. Check your email for your chance to weigh in. Since they were delayed a little by some technical difficulties voting will be available until

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Tours at the Robber Baron Open House

The Robber Baron Open House is Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and we hope you can attend! Even though advance reservations are now full, they are NOT required to take the regular self-guided tour to

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Rocking downtown Austin for TCMA FUNdraiser

Cavers and hard rock came together in September for the TCMA FUNdraiser in downtown Austin. With 100+ cavers coming to Buffalo Billiards to contribute and support cave conservation, many hit the dance floor as the Gary Franklin Band rocked the

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Recent Posts

3 days ago

Don Arburn

Folks, without service projects, no improvements are possible. And the volunteer hours are valuable to the TCMA.
It has come to my attention that no work has been done on a couple of recent trips, this is very disappointing. Other groups have gone above and beyond, some of them historically mocked for their behaviors towards the property. How the tables have turned...
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Sucks to see this type of thing needing to be said. 🙁

The general policy at D&P has always been that ALL trips are work trips. Survey trips are work trips. Digging trips are work trips. Cabin remodeling trips are work trips. What is not so obvious to some is that recreational trips, bird-watching trips, meteor-shower trips, and just plain chilling trips also need to be work trips. Cut some brush, clear rocks from the roads, fill potholes, cut back juniper, haul home some junk, or anything else for the greater good. If you need direction, contact the Preserve manager. Have this plan in place BEFORE your trip.

I think it’s great that people contribute and volunteer. I also think it contributes to the TCMAs, the preserves, and the greater community interest to allow trips that are focused on other things than work projects.

The work requested is not extreme or requiring of a major time commitment. If you do not want to bother with that, a major monetary commitment seems appropriate to me.

Hmm... Geoff brings up an interesting point. When does it become acceptable just to have a fun trip?I’m not in favor of criteria, just an honest balance, 2 out of 4 trips, 1 out of 4 or is it something where we need to add an approval process to the reservations and if the pm thinks you’ve been freeloading you don’t get priority for key dates like holidays. Maybe some public shaming?I’m not convinced dig trips qualify as work any more than other caving as it’s all a passion or recreational hobby for us. They do add value but no more than general caving that stumbles upon something new might. If anything the digging has taken over some prime camping space 😉Interesting thoughts, I clearly don’t have a well formed opinion.

But underlying all this is the question of whether the preserve manager with the support of the board has the right to set policy.I think YES.

I try to do improvements each time I’m out. Thanks for keeping everyone on track.

Is there a formal list of jobs that need doing? If so perhaps people need to be made aware of it?

Well, I might be in the boat of having skipped working on the place during my last trip. I had to get back for some other work issues. Yes, the back porch decking needs to be replaced. I think it dates from the original porch installation some years ago and the rotten plywood was salvaged from a previous use. However, I think that should probably be a work weekend project unless previously arranged. I have put in a few hours over the years working on the place but we all need to contribute. Don has done a great job out there and needs all the support he can get.

who can we mesaage to volunteer at? ive never been to the preserve but id be more than willing to volunteer

I'm too am guilty of not completing my service project. I shamefully admitted the same to Don after my last trip. I was not a good trip leader that evening. I did not delegate responsibilities or communicate effectively with my co-leaders on the required service project. I was wickedly dehydrated and tired after leading scouts all day and on our walk back to cabin the service project did not get completed. The scouts were gone by 7:45am the next day.... Lesson learned... delegate the responsibilities and communicate the requirements. Oh... drink lots of water....Rob

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4 days ago

Richard Zarria
A blacklight was present at the cabin.  The first rock flipped over had this beauty underneath :)

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Very cool! We need to have a small black light in Huautla next year to get photos like this of Alacran tartarus.

Sweet pic!

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GJYKU4C/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 is the light I had with me, used for this photo. It isn't small, or light, but it is sturdy and reliable and has been with me for almost 5 years now.

Beautiful! Though I may not really want to know about all the critters, especially scorpions and ticks, around me!

Put the light away, and all the scorpions disappear. That's what I think.

Black lights matter Can cheap uv LEDs light up these guys? I bought some a while ago and I think they were less than .25 each.

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5 days ago

Gregg Williams

I just voted and everything seems to be working well. Please check your inbox now for your ballot.

If you know you are a paid member and haven't received your ballot please let me know.
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Can I vote if I’m not a member?

Worked for me. Have you announced voting on Texascavers?

6 days ago

Linda Palit

Congratulations and thanks to all for a fantastic Robber Baron Open House. I was working across the bridge so did not get to see everybody, but I saw very happy participants! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Gregg Williams

I suspect there still may be some problems with the election. I will address them after the Robber Baron open house today and hopefully have everything fixed soon. If you have problems voting please sit tight for a little bit and let me sort things out ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Gregg Williams

The elections for the 2018 Board of Directors will be taking place starting at midnight tonight. Check your email for your chance to weigh in.

Since they were delayed a little by some technical difficulties voting will be available until December 1st. Please see our website for the candidate bios and everything else important going on in the TCMA

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