Blog Archives

Calls for Action on RECLAIM Act

Jim Ward speaks outside of White House

Supporters of the RECLAIM Act traveled to Washington, D.C., in October to urge legislators to cosponsor the bill and hold a vote before the end of 2017.

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Community Organizing Amid Destructive Mining

SAMS Members Protesting

Formed 10 years ago in response to coal mines proposed near Wise County, Va., Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards continues their work to build sustainable communities.

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Remembering Dianne Bady

Dianne Bady

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Founder Dianne Bady leaves behind a legacy of giving voice to citizens who envision a healthier environment, intact mountains and clean water.

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Trump’s War on Reality

White House

Special column adapted from the Front Porch Blog: Trump’s administration has set a dangerous precedent of relying on dishonesty and alternative facts instead of addressing the scientific truths behind coal and climate change.

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A Capsule History of the Blue Ridge Parkway

A stone bridge on the parkway

A brief history of the Blue Ridge Parkway written by Dr. Anne Mitchell Whisnant, a professor at the University of North Carolina.

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Treasures of the Parkway

walkway up the mountain

Here, we outline some of the best overlooks, hikes and historic sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Rapids from Flannagan Dam Drive Tourism

Kayaker in the rapids.

Local residents and small business owners near Flannagan Dam are pushing for more frequent releases from the dam to allow for a longer whitewater rafting season to increase tourism.

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Mountain Advocates Stand Against Racism

Counter protesters hold signs.

After white supremacists made national headlines at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., environmental advocacy groups and community organizers in Appalachia spoke out against racism.

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Cultivating Forest Medicinals, Creating Healthy Economy

women harvest black cohosh

Appalachia’s forest are home to a stunning array of medicinal plants. A movement called forest farming is emerging to grow these plants in private forestland to decrease strains on plant populations and strengthen the market for the region’s botanicals.

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Two Interstate Pipelines Clear Regulatory Hurdles Despite Opposition

map of pipeline routes

As the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines clear some of the regulatory hurdles in their way, communities have rallied to state public hearings on water quality certifications to voice their opposition.

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