A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Hannah McAlister


The Intelligence of Slime Mold

slime mold

This brainless, single-celled organism is able to solve surprisingly complex puzzles and is even able to memorize and anticipate changes in its environment.

Audit Finds Mine Safety Penalties Ineffective

An August 2019 federal audit of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration found that mine safety penalties did not contribute to the overall safety of mining operations.

Study Shows Wood Pellet Electricity Harmful to Climate

An analysis of three Southeast wood pellet mills and the European biomass energy plants they supply found that burning trees for electricity contributes heavily to carbon pollution.

Member Spotlight: Vesta Jean Lenhart

Appalachian Voices member Vesta Jean Lenhart’s desire to preserve mountains goes back to her childhood in Eastern Kentucky.

Trump Administration Charged with Weakening Endangered Species Protections to Favor Coal

Environmental groups plan to sue federal and state agencies for allegedly conspiring to weaken endangered species protections in West Virginia.

W.V. Landowners Win Case Against Fracking Company

West Virginia’s highest court unanimously ruled that mineral companies may not use surface owners’ land to reach gas reserves under adjacent properties without obtaining their express permission.

Dragonflies and Damselflies

dragonfly

Meet the marvelous world of Odonata.

Cynthia and Emily Grimes

mother and daughter picture

Cynthia Grimes and her daughter Emily Grimes share a love of Kentucky rivers and teaching paddling to youngsters.

Emily Shanblatt

Emily paddles down a rapid

“We believe the outdoors is like a hack, or a shortcut, for developing competent and confident young women, and we’re seeing that firsthand with our students everyday,” says Emily Shanblatt, an avid paddler and instructor to middle school girls at the French Broad River Academy.

Bethany Overfield

Kayaker in boat on water posing for picture

Kayaking provided Bethany Overfield with a new joy and passion during a time of transition. Now, she is helping to protect whitewater rivers and enhance the boating community through her involvement with American Whitewater and Kentucky River Watershed Watch.