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Land Conserved Along Little South Fork of Cumberland River in Kentucky

More than 1,000 acres of land along Kentucky’s Little South Fork of the Cumberland River were placed under state protection in August.

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By the Numbers: New Public Lands

In late 2017 and early 2018, these parks gained new territory thanks to land trust organizations and other donors.

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Program Aims to Boost Virginia’s Bobwhite Quail

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s program to increase bobwhite quail populations is expected to benefit farmers.

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Russell Fork Makes “Most Endangered Rivers” List

The Russell Fork, which carved the gorge at the heart of Breaks Interstate Park on its path through through Virginia and Kentucky, is threatened by a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine in Dickenson County, Va.

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The Butterfly Highway: Creating a Pollinator Pathway

The new “Butterfly Highway” in North Carolina will create a series of stopover points with milkweed and other native, flowering plants for migrating monarch butterflies.

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Federal agency considers restricting surface mining in Tennessee

Ridgeline corridors across a 67,000-acre area of Tennessee could be protected from surface mining. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is considering granting the state’s request for a ban. Submit your comment in support of the Cumberland Mountains before Jan. 25!

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Faced with Threats to Nolichucky River, Residents Unite

Concerned citizens have joined together to monitor the Nolichucky River in East Tennessee for pollution that could result from a new industrial pipeline. Though the water is still at risk, opposition to the pipeline has spurred community engagement.

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Landowners Support Songbird Conservation

To protect the golden-winged warbler and cerulean warbler, two conservation programs are working with private landowners.

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An Appalachian Bookshelf

Featuring reviews of “Phenomenal” by Leigh Ann Henion, “Beautiful Land of the Sky” by Loren M. Wood, and “Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook” by John Schaeffer

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Preservation Gains Across Region

At the end of 2014, several regional land trusts finalized a host of easements, conserving views, habitats and cultural sites across the Appalachian Mountains.

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