A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Lorelei Goff


White-Nose Syndrome: A Stealthy Killer

bat with white-nose syndrome

The fungal disease called white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats across North America.

Barring the Way to Disease

bat gate!

Gates placed over the mouths of caves let bats in and out of their home while keeping unwanted humans out.

Community-owned Broadband Expands Rural Opportunities

group photo

The Southern Connected Communities Project is helping rural communities build locally owned and operated wireless broadband infrastructure.

Non-traditional Loans Fund Regional Entrepreneurs

A nonprofit organization allows individuals to give small loans to entrepreneurs across the globe, including several in Southwest Virginia.

It’s An Invasion

mapleleaf viburnum

Researchers and other individuals are tracking the invasive plants and beetles that are edging out and harming native plant species in Appalachia.

Tracking Elusive Creatures

Volunteers are searching for an endangered bumblebee and using game cameras to spot local wildlife.

Documenting Environmental Changes

Eastern hellbender salamander

Citizen scientists use a mobile app to monitor seasonal life cycle phases of plants and animals along the Appalachian Trail, and use drones to monitor the habitats of Eastern hellbender salamanders.

FIRE Summit Embraces Hands-On Learning in Kentucky

eky-students-well

An Eastern Kentucky initiative aims to shift the focus of the classroom away from activities that simply comply with education standards and toward driving innovation through projects like building tiny homes and detecting cancer.

Appalachia’s Toxic Dumping Ground

Felicia Mettler

Ohio has more frack waste disposal wells than any other Appalachian state and receives millions of barrels of the toxic waste each year.

Bays Mountain: Lakeside and Fire Tower Trails

lake view

The network of trails at Tennessee’s largest city park allows hikers of any skill level to design an outing to suit them.