Photo by Derik Holtmann
Cooperators of the MSS have long been active in Oregon County.
During the late 1980's and early 1990's an in depth project was carried out by the Cave Research Foundation and cooperators of the to map and conduct biological inventories of caves around the Eleven Point River on both public and private lands.
This was part of a larger study conducted over a 90 square mile area including the Eleven Point River from Thomasville to Turner Mill, including tributaries. The purpose of the project was to gather baseline data used to evaluate prospective impact of mining within the area. See Missouri Spelelogy Volume 33 Numbers 1-4 for more information.
In recent years, continuing to work under the auspices of the Cave Research Foundation and in cooperation with the MSS, members of the Kansas City Area Grotto have been active in Oregon County, particularly within the Irish Wilderness.