Management of Subterranean Ecosystems in Extreme Environments
Lehman Cave photo by Dave Bunnell
NCKMS 2025 Team
Hosted by the Western Cave Conservancy

Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of NCKMS operations. The transformation of a symposium from vision to reality requires months of dedication, passion, and commitment to our mission. The team's task is to create a solid platform for our participants to network with other industry professionals while gaining modern insights into cave and karst management.

Our 2025 production team will grow in the next several months and multiple roles still need to be filled. If you think you might be interested in joining the 2025 NCKMS team, please check out our volunteer page. The Western Cave Conservancy welcomes your participation!

NCKMS 2025 Team

Matt Bowers


Pat Kambesis


Mike Spiess

Financial Auditor

Teresa Greissel


Joel Despain

Publications Director

Kirsten Bahr

Project Director

Lindsey Thayer

Marketing Coordinator

Highway 50, Nevada

In July of 1986, Life magazine labeled Ely, Nevada's Highway 50 as "The Loneliest Road in America" and suggested drivers should have 'survival skills' for the trip. The name was intended as a pejorative, but Nevada officials seized it as a marketing slogan. The name originates from large desolate areas traversed by the route, with few or no signs of civilization. The highway crosses several large desert valleys separated by numerous mountain ranges towering over the valley floors, in what is known as the Basin and Range province of the Great Basin. Photo by Matt Bowers, Third Media.

Great Basin National Heritage Area

Lehman Caves mural in downtown Ely

Established by congress in 2006, the Great Basin National Heritage Area is a federally designated National Heritage Area in White Pine County, Nevada and Millard County, Utah. The area was defined to recognize and promote the scenic and cultural resources associated with this central portion of the Great Basin.

In 2016, concurrent with the NSS Convention in Ely, the heritage area's partnership arm helped fund a mural recognizing Absolom Lehman's explorations in the Lehman Caves of Great Basin National Park. Designed by NSS cave artist, Carolina Shrewsbury, the mural is now permanently installed on Highway 50 in downtown Ely.

The National Heritage Area includes Great Basin National Park and portions of Humboldt-Toiyabe and Fishlake National Forests, as well as Fort Deseret, Sevier Lake and the Topaz War Relocation Center.



Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southeast wind around 5 mph.


Scattered Showers And Thunderstorms Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night

Isolated Showers And Thunderstorms then Mostly Cloudy Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind around 5 mph.


Advance registration for the 2025 symposium is expected to open in mid-2024. We will send an email to past attendees when that system comes online.

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