Protecting Caves in the Virginias

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

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.

Karst Pollution and Water Quality Threats are Real

West Virginia and Virginia are famous for caves, karst, and plentiful springs. These natural features are threatened daily by pollution, careless acts, and land development.

Once destroyed, cave formations and underground environments cannot be replaced. When ground water is polluted, we all suffer the consequences.

The success of the West Virginia Cave Conservancy can be possible only with the support of cavers, landowners, land use planners, outdoor enthusiasts, and others who understand the importance of karst and caves.

Success is up to YOU!

Your membership and donations allow us to purchase cave entrances and karst features to protect and manage those resources. In addition, you also support our education and conservation activities.

Help protect the quality of our water and our cave resources. Join the WVCC or make a donation to help our vision of protecting the network under our feet.

Living on Karst Awareness

The Living on Karst publication (PDF) publication was created to inform landowners living in limestone regions of the potential sensitivities and environmental dangers associated with karst geology. Published originally by the Cave Conservancy of the Virginias, the WVCC believes that all people living in and on karst should have familiarity with the information in this publication. Please share this with anyone potentially in need of karst awareness.


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