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NSS Projects -Annual Report

Calendar Year: 2009

Primary Contact Name: Ron Ralph

Email: ronralph@austin.rr.com

Other Project Officers:

Report (250 words max):

    The Texas Speleological Survey continues to add major updates to the Texas caves database. The website was overhauled and redesigned for more efficient use and navigation. Our Editor, Jerry Atkinson , has recently published The Caves of Sutton County. Jerry developed an aggressive but realistic publication schedule to have several new reports and reprints of out-of-print publications ready by the 15th International Congress of Speleology in July 2009. TSS has coordinated with a number of state and federal agencies, consulting firms, students, and cavers, providing data to support research, exploration, conservation, and education, and has received considerable data in return. TSS has published a compact disk with maps of over 150 Texas Caves and sells a children’s coloring book.

    We have entered into agreements with the National Park Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to organize and coordinate projects on public lands. These inventory and mapping projects are supported by statewide and local caving organizations to help increase the Texas database.

NSS members manual copy (250 words max):

    TSS is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the management of Texas cave data in support of research, exploration, education, and conservation. Its office is housed at The University of Texas at Austin, which supports TSS through the Texas Memorial Museum. During the past year, TSS has been active developing new publications on Texas caving regions. Currently over 9,500 Texas caves and karst records; of these 4,500 are caves. TSS has two publication series. TSS Bulletins are reports on caves and karst regions in Texas, include updated reprints of past publications, and TSS Monographs are for major works on Texas karst, including reformatted and quality-printed dissertations and theses. A regular column in the Texas Speleological Association's newsletter, an active Internet web site, office data-cataloguing work sessions, and an annual technical workshop are all ways that TSS is supporting and encouraging Texas caving, while generating more information for its database. Cave inventory projects are conducted using Texas cavers under agreements with state and federal agencies. The TSS website has been selected by the SciLinks program of the National Science Teachers Association as a quality educational website. For more information, contact TSS at:
    PRC 176/R4000,
    The University of Texas at Austin,
    Austin, Texas 78712-1100.

    You may also call the office 512-475-8802 or the President Ron Ralph at 512-280-9648. The TSS web address is http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/sponsored_sites/tss/index.html and is organized to fulfill data requests from cavers and interested parties. One link gives contact information for the 15 current Board of Directors.