A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Landowners Support Songbird Conservation

To protect the golden-winged warbler and cerulean warbler, two conservation programs are working with private landowners.

Energy Efficiency Made Affordable

From electric cooperatives with solar farms to a smart energy finance program in Benham, Ky., communities are putting clean energy within reach.

Scientists Go to Bat for the Bats

Scientists engaged in the years-long battle against the devastating white-nose syndrome have found bright spots in the fight to protect bats from the disease.

Certification for Ethically-Produced Ginseng Launches

Advocates for sustainably grown ginseng hope a new certification helps to curb over-harvesting and poaching of this valuable medicinal plant.

Residents Near Duke Ash Ponds Told To Not Drink Their Water

Across North Carolina, residents living near Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds have received letters warning them not to drink their well water. Although Duke denies responsibility for the contamination, the utility recently plead guilty to violations of the Clean Water Act in a separate case.

Spreading the Word at FloydFest

It’s not too late to get tickets to this year’s FloydFest: Fire on the Mountain, but don’t delay, as they won’t last long. Appalachian Voices staff is gearing up for an unforgettable event. We’re collaborating with festival staff to create

Labor Dept. Audits MSHA

Following a scathing report by two media organizations into unpaid mine safety fines, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced plans to audit the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s handling of delinquent penalties. The 2014 report by NPR and Mine

Solitude and Discovery at Zaleski State Forest

During Baby Josie’s first mountain hike, her parents took her on a 10-mile loop in southeast Ohio that wanders by a pond of lily pads, along ridgelines and through pine groves.

Communities at Risk from Mountaintop Removal

A new interactive map shows that, even as Appalachian coal production declines, mountaintop removal coal mining is encroaching on many communities in the region.

White House Unveils New Plans to Protect Honeybees

By Laura Marion The White House unveiled its federal honeybee protection plan less than a week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that honeybee populations further declined by 40 percent between April 2014 and April 2015. The agency’s National