The Kentucky Caver Quarterly Proceedings of the
Bluegrass Grotto: the North Central Kentucky Area Chapter of the National Speleological Society
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 vol. 41. iss. 1, March 2006
Commission maintains the Frances Johnson Falk State Nature Preserve. The Sheltowee Trace and other trails interlace this eco-wonderland.

And they want to build a … what? Not only that - the proposed “Bioterrorism lab” that you may have read about recently would be built along a small tributary to Buck Creek, just west of 461 and just north of Shopville.

Help celebrate and protect this area
Local concerned citizens, cavers, environmental scientists, the National Speleological Society, the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club, Karst Environmental Education & Protection, Inc. (KarstEEP), Kentucky Heartwood, and numerous others joined forces several years ago as KICK 66, an umbrella organization of groups and just plain folks opposed to this interstate project.

Stating that road funds need to be used to repair and upgrade the roads we already have, the KICK 66 coalition celebrates the farms, forests, heritage, and wildlands value of this untouched area, and supports the “No Build option” for this needless and heedless project. A frequently-updated Web site is found at and is maintained by local resident Sue Koplowitz. Additionally, the Kentucky Waterways Alliance is concerned about protecting the numerous high quality waters that abound in this area, and has received a grant from Patagonia for public education about this highway project.

Now available is the video/dvd documentary, “The Caves of Sinking Valley,” filmed by local resident Chris Johns of CJ Outreach Productions, narrated by Somerset native and life-long caver Larry Simpson, with original music by Gary Wooster. 

This science-based documentary featuring karst expert Dr. Ralph Ewers and is being shown across the region, and has already prompted a well-attended field trip in early February, which included numerous local residents who think this highway is bad news for them and for the land they live on.

Cavers, cave scientists, Sierra Club, KWA, KarstEEP and Kentucky Heartwood are working to develop a hiking outing for the region that will be available this spring and summer. Watch the BGG listserv and calendar for details. For information about scheduling the “Caves of Sinking Valley” video/dvd, contact, Chris Johns at, or Larry Simpson at

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