The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia



20 years of action, innovation and collaboration

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Appalachian Voices is celebrating two decades of bringing people together to stand up for the mountains, for clean rivers and drinking water, for farms, forests and wildlife, and for healthy communities across the Appalachian region. [ More ]

D.C. sends a ray of hope to Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

Through the dark clouds of the Trump administration’s agenda for rolling back or killing off programs critical to the health of Appalachian communities and the environment, a bright spot has emerged -- $10 million for repurposing old coal mines in Southwest Virginia for new economic opportunities. [ More ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline is far from a done deal

Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

In a classic “fake news” move, Dominion Resources execs held a tele-press conference yesterday where they basically said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a done deal. But at least 25,000 people across W.Va., Va. and N.C. are demanding answers, such as: Is this pipeline even needed? [ More ]

Standing up for the Stream Protection Rule

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Countless citizens have worked for years to push for a federal rule that would help safeguard drinking water sources and surface waters in coal-impacted communities. It finally goes into effect today, but Congress and the incoming administration have vowed to kill it. Appalachian Voices, in alliance with others, is standing up to defend the Stream Protection Rule. [ More ]

Aww shucks, y’all …. thanks!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

We're doing a little victory dance today! Blue Ridge Outdoors' readers voted Appalachian Voices the Best Environmental Organization in 2016. Aww shucks -- thanks everyone. We're committed to living up to the honor in 2017, and beyond. [ More ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline environmental review falls short

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its draft environmental review of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline last Friday. Unfortunately, the agency ignored evidence that the proposed 600-mile pipeline, spearheaded by Dominion Resources, is not needed and puts lives, communities, drinking water and the climate at unacceptable risk. [ More ]

Connecting the economic dots in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

More than 300 people turned out for the recent Southwest Virginia Economic Forum hosted by UVA-Wise -- perhaps the largest gathering of people coming together to talk specifically and hopefully about solutions for the region's economic future. A week later, the positive energy coming out of the forum is still palpable in the community, with some feeling it may have been the turning point for the region. [ More ]

A home base in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | Posted by Cat McCue | 2 Comments

We’re very excited to announce the official opening of our new office in the City of Norton, Va., located in far southwest Virginia, part of the Mountain Empire Here, we’re surrounded by the mountains, forests, rivers and communities we love. [ More ]

Powering Up: Diversifying central Appalachia’s economy

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

From The Appalachian Voice: As coal production continues to decline, many citizens and groups in central Appalachia are working hard to find new avenues for economic diversification. [ More ]

Takin’ 5 with Tony Flaccavento

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

tonyTony Flaccavento has been a leading voice for sustainable economic development in southwest Virginia for more than two decades. An organic farmer, small businessman and author, Tony has been making a series of short videos exploring the positive forces of localized, sustainable economies. [ More ]

A “golden opportunity” in disguise

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 2 Comments

AML reportIn 2013, federal funds derived from a per-ton fee on mined coal were distributed to Central Appalachia states for restoring abandoned mine lands. The result was $182 million in economic benefit and 1,317 jobs--plus cleaner streams, and a healthier future for nearby residents. A new report out shows how the federal program should be fixed to yield even better results, and sooner. [ More ]

Pope’s message on climate brings hope for change

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Encyclical-PF-10"...for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins." Thus spake Pope Francis today in his "Laudato Si'" letter, the Vatican's first encyclical on the environment. And it's a doozy. [ More ]