A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

AV's Intern Team

Every year, Appalachian Voices is fortunate to assemble a phenomenal team of rockstar interns from numerous Appalachian and East Coast universities. Enjoy these posts from our interns.

Lungless Salamanders, Shrinking Habitat

salamander

Appalachia has the greatest biodiversity of salamanders in the world — and a study has shown that climate change could be shrinking their range.

Journey to Rainbow Falls at Jones Gap State Park

river

This South Carolina state park boasts a 100-foot waterfall, a wide variety of wildflowers and more.

In Celebration of Vickie Terry

Two friends remember the life and legacy of community leader and mountain protector Vickie Terry.

Frac Sand Mining in Appalachia

aerial photograph

A step often overlooked in the fracking process is the mining of frac sand, which leads to deforestation.

Changes for Blue Ridge Parkway in 2018

Linn Cove viaduct

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s project list for 2018 includes repairs to the Linn Cove Viaduct and Flat Top Manor at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, planning for 5,300 acres of recently acquired land near Waterrock Knob, the re-opening of the cafe at Doughton Park, and more.

Review of Mountaintop Removal’s Health Impact Terminated

The Trump administration officially ended a federal study that would have reviewed the human health impacts of living near mountaintop removal coal mining.

EPA Dismisses Coal Ash Civil Rights Case

A civil rights case brought by Uniontown, Ala., residents who argued that their health problems were caused by TVA coal ash dumped at a nearby landfill was dismissed.

Cash for Carbon: Working Woodlands Program Grows in Appalachia

Over 25,000 acres of forest in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia will remain undeveloped for use in Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber markets.

West Virginia State Park Logging Bill Defeated

Widespread public backlash led to the defeat of a West Virginia bill that would have lifted the 80-year ban on commercial logging in state parks.

Sanctuary for Research Chimpanzees Opens Outdoor Habitat

In January, Georgia-based chimpanzee sanctuary Project Chimps opened a six-acre expanse of woods to 15 apes that had spent their entire lives indoors for biomedical research.