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In Celebration of Vickie Terry

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

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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.

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Can We Save the Mighty Hemlock?

dead and thriving hemlocks

As the threat posed by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid grows, so do efforts to save “the redwood of the East.”

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Fighting the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in N.C.

hemlock hike

Measures from predatory beetles to chemical treatments are being taken to combat the invasive insect.

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Decades in the Making: A Mine Reclamation Backlog

map of density of abandoned mine problems

Several charts and maps show the enormity of the abandoned mine problems that still need to be cleaned up — and the inadequacy of the current cleanup fund.

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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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