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Conservation Group Acquires 235,000 Acres in Central Appalachia

The Nature Conservancy plans to conserve the Southeast Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia land to protect wildlife and water quality while allowing recreational usage.

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A Quest to Protect At-Risk Bats

Virginia Big-Eared Bat

Researchers and conservationists found and saved the land where a colony of endangered Virginia big-eared bats roost.

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Exploring Old Growth Forest in Historic Harlan County

Forested mountain view

Kentucky’s Harlan County, perhaps best known for its mining history, is also home to a wonderful old-growth forest preserve with several hiking trails.

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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.

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Pine Mountain One Step Closer to Full Protection

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust preserved an additional 2,050 acres on Pine Mountain, extending a project to protect a corridor of land across the 125-mile-long mountain.

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Expanded Conservation Tax Incentive Made Permanent

In December, Congress made permanent an increased tax break for landowners wanting to protect their property for future generations by placing it under a conservation easement.

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Resilient Landscapes for a Shifting Environment

An ecologist aims to help identify and preserve tracts of land that are most likely to help species survive in a changing climate.

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Tennessee Invests in Main Street

By Nolen Nychay The Main Street Festival of Gallatin, Tenn., celebrates its 16th anniversary this October, keeping community traditions alive with local music and homemade food and craft vendors. Last year, the event drew more than 25,000 visitors looking to

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The Conception of Wild Ideas: Scientists Confront Conservation Challenges of Our Times

This essay by Travis Belote, Greg Aplet, and Pete McKinley ran abridged in the print version of The Appalachian Voice. 1934 was a big year for conservation in the southern Appalachians. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in

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The Custodian’s Conundrum

Humanity’s immense influence on the landscape begs the question: How do we best care for the Silent Majority? By Molly Moore A swarthy tree trunk stands in a small clearing, a gap in the forest canopy created by its once-thick

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