NORTHEASTERN CAVE CONSERVANCY INC

aka NCC   |   Schoharie, NY   |  http://www.necaveconservancy.org

Mission

The Northeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (NCC) is a not-for-profit corporation committed to the conservation, study, management, and acquisition of caves and karst areas having significant geological, hydrological, biological, recreational, historical, or aesthetic features.

To these ends, the NCC combines the resources and expertise of affiliated cave explorers, educators, scientists, landowners, and conservation officials.

The NCC programs are focused mainly on the preservation of caves and karst. Outreach includes education in schools and local communities, establishment of park spaces on karstlands, and educational messages about the significance of groundwater pollution on this sensitive underground ecosystem.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Mr. Bob Simmons

Vice President

Mr. Thom Engel

Main address

PO Box 254

Schoharie, NY 12157 USA

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EIN

13-4043653

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Our programs

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Bensons Cave,

Bensons Cave, Schoharie County, NY was donated to the NCC by the United States Cave Conservancy (USCC) on March 11, 2014. Bensons is an important link in the master cave system and watershed which runs from Secret Caverns, through Bensons, Barytes (and therefore Wolferts), and out into the mines under the Howes Cave quarry. Since the water from the Howe Caverns system resurges in the same area of the mines, this could be argued to be the connection between Howe and Secret.

Bensons has been known about and explored for many years, and it was the foresight of ten cavers who pooled their personal funds in 1993 to purchase about 6.5 acres surrounding the entrances to the cave from the previous owner, Mr. Endre Rutsky. They formed the USCC with the assistance of caver-attorney Jim Harbison, and have preserved and managed the property since then.

Discussions to transfer Bensons to the NCC have been ongoing for the past few years with credit going to several Board members for their continued efforts, with special thanks to Emily Davis for her persistence.

In the Fall/Winter of 2013 the final papers were drawn, and on March 11, 2014 the transfer from the USCC to the NCC took place.

A Management Plan for the NCC's newest Preserve has been completed and Interim Preserve Manager Luke Mazza appointed. Property cleanup and the installation of a kiosk will commence this Spring and during the NRO weekend, May 17-18.

Bensons becomes Cave Preserve #8 of the NCC and a worthy addition. As well, it is a vital link in a major karst watershed and an opportunity to protect another drainage basin.

For further information, access and usage policies, see www.necaveconservancy.org, Bensons Cave Preserve.

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NORTHEASTERN CAVE CONSERVANCY INC

Board of directors
as of 1/9/2018
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Board chair

Christine Young

Alan Traino

Morgan Ingalls

Michael Chu

Jacob Morris-Siegel

Christine Young

Paul Rubin

Devon Hedges

Wayne Russell

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No