Highland County Cave Survey 
Annual Report for 2002

On Saturday night, October 12, 2002, the Virginia Speleological Survey (VSS) held it’s annual director’s meeting. Most of the county surveys in Virginia were represented or sent reports. Carol Peterson and I, along with others from the survey, attended the meeting and reported on our progress from October 2001 to October 2002. 

Phil Lucas, director of the VSS, reported he had received 71 maps for the year. Carol turned in five more at the meeting. (Other surveys may have done the same.) We, the Highland County Cave Survey, produced 40 maps, approximately half of what he received, for the year. Of those 40, 22 were new caves. We now have 266 known caves in Highland County. We have 191 completed maps. This leaves at least 59 caves to be located and surveyed. (The numbers do not add up because a few caves are physically closed.) 

Phil Lucas e-mailed me and asked me to pass this on to you. “Be sure and let your HCCS team members know how proud I am of their accomplishments this past year. If other county surveys were as productive and had half the fun that you-all have had, the VSS would have a LOT more data.” I would also like to thank each of you for your continued support. Without each of you we would not be where we are today. 

Most of the surveys reported a lack of people. Although we continue to have great turnouts more surveyors are needed. Project caving is not for everyone. But we can use anyone regardless of experience and training. If you know of someone looking for a "home” on the 4th weekend send them our way. 

I am also encouraging everyone to increase their skills by learning to read instruments, sketch and produce maps. We need team members that can step-in in a pinch and perform any function. Also, with each cave we survey there is a mountain of paperwork that has to follow to properly document the cave. So, you don’t necessarily have to be able to cave to be valuable. 

This next year I am turning over the planning and monthly control of the survey to a different person each month. This will take some of the pressure off of me, I hope. I also would like to turn the paperwork over to someone else, if possible. 

Thanks for your attendance and contribution to Virginia caving. I hope the fun continues in 2003. 

Caving softly,

Rick Lambert

NSS 12496