POLICY ON TSA PROJECTS
Adopted by TSA Board and Members on 22 October 2006
1. Only a project presented to the TSA Executive Committee and
given official status may be called a TSA Project. This action shall be duly
recorded in the meeting minutes. In order to be accepted as a TSA Project, the
written goals and objectives of the project must be presented to the TSA
Executive Committee, along with the geographic focus, leadership and
organizational structure, and frequency of activities. Existing TSA Projects may
be grandfathered in upon approval be the TSA Executive Committee. The TSA
Executive Committee has oversight on all TSA Projects. All TSA Projects are
coordinated by the Project Chair (a Committee Chair position) who tracks
Memoranda of Understanding and other written contracts, reporting, and data
sharing, but has no other authority over individual projects.
2. TSA Projects do not have to take place within the borders of
Texas. The long-running Bustamante Project at Grutas del Palmito is a good
example of a TSA Project outside the state.
3. TSA Project Leaders must be approved by the TSA Executive
Committee, and the Committee may, at their discretion, remove any Project
Leader(s) by means of written notice.
4. TSA Projects are expected to have a minimal level of
organization and accountability in order to maintain TSA Project status. These
include a clearly-defined Leader (or leaders), regular reports to the TSA (via
reports to the Projects Chair before each of the three annual TSA meetings),
copies of any data gathered archived annually with the Texas Speleological
Survey (TSS), and regular reports to all partner agencies and organizations
5. TSA Projects must be advertised through the TSA website and
The TEXAS CAVER. It is also highly recommended that all TSA Projects are also
advertised through the TexasCaving listserve (CaveTex).
6. All TSA Projects are required to submit at least one article
per year to The TEXAS CAVER on the projects status.
7. TSA Projects necessitating Memoranda of Understanding or
other written contracts with outside agencies or organizations (i.e. Texas Parks
and Wildlife Department or The Nature Conservancy) require that those documents
be approved and signed by the TSA Executive Committee, not the TSA Project
8. TSA Projects failing to meet any of these standards may lose
TSA Project status at the discretion of the TSA Executive Committee, and any
MOUs or other contractual obligations can likewise be terminated.