|The TSS is a project recognized by the National Speleological Society (NSS). Each year, the TSS submits a report of activities to the NSS Research Advisory Committee and a listing for the NSS directory. What follows is the most current report. Please note that some details may be out of date; for current information (e.g. contacts, publications), use the appropriate link above.|
|CURRENT ANNUAL REPORT|
2015 was an active year for Texas Speleological Survey in collecting and assessing Texas cave data. Several estate donations increased original data holdings which were sorted and catalogued in volunteer work sessions with several hundred items (maps, original survey books) digitized and added to the Walls Data Management Program. TexBib, the TSS' bibliographic database for Texas caves, caving, and cave science, was updated to over 13,500 bibliographic entries from 1866 to the present. Just as critically, a new website was completed to better advertise what TSS does for the state's cavers.
The TSS supported itself economically through an active publication program, now representing the circa 5,500 recorded Texas caves --- almost 3,500 pages and 2,300 maps (with more in press, under Kevin Stafford, editor appointed in 2014). Important new publications include the book-length Kevin Stafford, Karst of the Urban Corridor, and Marion O. Smith, Confederate Nitre Bureau Operations. Several out-of-print volumes have been transformed into facsimile reprints (for sale on CD or as free web downloads). The current sales catalogue offers 38 TSS publications, including a map CD containing over 1,200 cave maps, and caving publications from non-TSS entities.
The 17-member (all volunteer) Board of Directors meets quarterly; contact information is on the TSS website or for more information, write the TSS at PRC 176/R4000, The University of Texas at Austin, TX 78712-1100, or go to www.txspeleologicalsurvey.org. Or call the President Ron Ralph at 512-280-9648 in Manchaca, Texas.
|MEMBERSHIP MANUAL ENTRY|
Founded in 1961 in support of research, exploration, education, and conservation, the Texas Speleological Survey (TSS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation and management of Texas cave data. To further its primary mission of collecting, documenting, and disseminating cave data in all media, the TSS actively solicits donations from cavers, consultants, and works with federal, state, and municipal agencies.
Affiliated with the Texas Natural Science Center, the TSS has its office and library at The University of Texas at Austin, including extensive cave and map files, a reference and lending library containing materials of all types, and an in-house electronic database of over 14,700 items, available for searching both text-based and array-map reports on Texas cave areas. In service to the Texas caving community, the TSS website hosts TexBib, TSS' bibliographic database for Texas caves, caving, and cave science, currently containing over 13,500 bibliographic entries dating from 1866 to the present; it also offers free downloads of Walls Cave Survey Data Management software and WallsMap - GIS Viewer and Shapefile Editor.
TSS maintains an active publication program, now offering more than 3,500 pages and 2,300 maps (with more in press). New publications and CD reprints are on sale at the website or available for free digital download. For more information, write the TSS at PRC 176/R4000, The University of Texas at Austin, TX 78712-1100, or go to www.texasspeleologicalsurvey.org for information and sales. Or you may contact the President Ron Ralph at 512-280-9648 in Manchaca, Texas.