West Virginia Cave Conservancy

The West Virginia Cave Conservancy (WVCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving and protecting important cave and karst resources of the Virginias for future generations.

In Memorium
Ray Cole Jr. of
Alexanria, Virginia

Raymond Cole Jr. 1946-2017

We were deeply saddened by the recent passing of Ray Cole Jr. of Alexandria, VA.  Ray was a great friend to the caving community and the WVCC and will be sorely missed.  He left instructions for friends to donate to the WVCC in lieu of flowers and for that we sincerely thank him as well as those who have donated in his name.

Caves contain a fragile beauty only found underground.  In addition, their streams and passages provide irreplaceable environments for specially adapted, and often rare, species of animals, most of which could not survive elsewhere.

Protecting karst (limestone) landscapes is critical to our supply of clean drinking water.  Rural areas of West Virginia and Virginia rely heavily on water from springs and wells in limestone.

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