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The Cave Research Foundation is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to:

CRF Publications
Download the high resolution or low resolution PDF version of the current CRF Newsletter.

The Cave Research Foundation's Annual Reports are available as PDF files that can be downloaded at no cost.
Click to download the
2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13, or 2014-15 CRF Annual Report. 
Earlier Annual Reports (starting in 1966) can be downloaded here
The 2016-17 Annual Report is still in progress and will be posted as soon as it is completed.

Click here for information about CRF's graduate research grant for cave and karst research

Donations to CRF should be sent to:
  CRF Treasurer
  Bob Hoke
  6304 Kaybro Street
  Laurel, MD 20707
  tel# 301-725-5877
Contact CRF Treasurer

Donations can also be made electronically using a credit card or PayPal.  Click here for more information.

The Cave Research Foundation Position on WNS

The Cave Research Foundation has been a supporter of the need for and implementation of efforts by federal, state, and local agencies to slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS), the fungus that is killing many hibernating bats.  CRF will continue to work with said agencies to accomplish that end until the spread reaches its natural conclusion. More information about WNS information is available on the National Speleological Society's Web site here.

CRF remains committed to supporting the agencies as they endeavor to protect species survivors to ensure a species is not lost forever.  The video below gives current information on decontamination precedures for cave gear to prevent the spread of WNS.

Cave Books

CRF's Publishing Affiliate is Cave Books.  For a list of reviews and books published by Cave Books visit

HV front fiewCRF's Hamilton Valley Research Facility
CRF's Hamilton Valley Facility, located just outside of Mammoth Cave National Park in south central Kentucky, is now open for CRF use and for those individuals/organizations involved in relevant karst or cave research, conservation and education. Click here for information on availability and use of Hamilton Valley.

This page last updated or verified on July 18, 2019