A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Lawsuit Challenges Logging Sale in Cherokee National Forest

Several conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service for allegedly allowing unlawful, high-impact logging on a 534-acre stretch of land in the Cherokee National Forest.

Summit Stresses Sustainability in Climbing

Climbers hang from rock roof

The two-day workshop hosted by The Access Fund in April was centered on ensuring that rock climbing has a positive environmental and economic impact as the sport grows in the Appalachian region.

Health Improves in Allegheny County, Pa., After Shenango Coke Plant Closes

After Shenango Coke Works closed in 2016, Allegheny County, Pa., saw a significant decrease in ER visits for breathing and heart disorders, though there is no scientifically proven connection.

Conservation Groups Purchase Land in Western North Carolina

Strawberry Gap

This spring, two land trust groups purchased a total of 190 acres of unprotected land in North Carolina’s Buncombe, Henderson and Caldwell counties.

WV Study Connects Acid Rain to Global Temperature

West Virginia University Ph.D. candidate Joe Carrara found that increased acid rain affects the rate of carbon dioxide returned to the atmosphere.

New Public Lands Open in Northeast Kentucky

Old Trace Creek Wildlife Management Area, a 323-acre stretch of land in Lewis County, Ky., is now open for public use.

North Carolina Forest Fire Closes Appalachian Trail

An unattended campfire likely caused a 50-acre fire that temporarily closed part of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.

Fifth Grader Spurs Change at WCU

Cullowhee Valley School fifth-grader Liam Tormey’s testing of the Tuckasegee River led to Western Carolina University staff taking steps to reduce future sediment pollution.

Managing GenX Contamination

In May, the North Carolina House and Senate passed separate bills to grant the state Department of Environmental Quality more funding to address GenX contamination.

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.