Issue 3: June 2005



Standing Up - and Sitting Down - for the Mountains

As this issue of the Appalachian Voice goes to press, Ed Wiley, a grandfather from West Virginia’s Coal River Valley, has just ended his sit in and hunger strike on the steps of the West Virginia state capitol. Wiley, a coal miner, went to Charleston to demand a meeting with Governor Joe Manchin about a […]


New Group Brings Christian Ethics to Conservation

“The Earth is the Lord’s” was the theme of over 20 Christians gathering in Charleston to organize a strategy to protect and restore God’s creation in the Appalachian region. Deriving their stance from an array of scriptures including Psalm 24’s “The Earth is the Lord’s,” the group pledged their efforts to mobilize Christians and their […]


Praying for a Good Predator

It is late spring, a bright afternoon full of the sunshine of approaching summer and I am driving slowly up a graveled fire road approach to the summit of Reddish Knob. This lonesome mountaintop in the George Washington National Forest straddles the border between Virginia and West Virginia to the west of Harrisonburg and offers […]


Protecting a Southern Legacy

editor’s note: In the last issue of the Appalachian Voice, we wrote about the incredible discovery of an ivory-billed woodpecker – previously thought extinct for more than 50 years – in the lowland cypress forests of Arkansas. As a follow-up, we decided to include this short piece from the good folks at the Gulf Restoration […]


Blowin' in the Wind

Editor’s note: While Appalachian Voices is generally supportive of wind power development, the controversies over siting wind turbines in the mountains are only likely to grow over time. For this reason, we will try to cover both sides of the issue for our readers. Please note, however, that the views expressed in this article […]


Appalachian Voices Hires Volunteer Coordinator

Shelly Connor is the membership and volunteer coordinator for Appalachian Voices. She has worked for 6 years in the non-profit sector in many capacities. Shelly earned her BA degree in Biology and MS degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Her previous experience includes working as a volunteer coordinator for two after school […]


The Greening of Gatlinburg

“Gatlinburg.” For a lot of people the name Gatlinburg, Tenn., conjures up the worst kind of Southern sprawl: huge billboards, flashing signs, tacky theme parks, trash, abandoned cars, and decaying buildings. Well, hold onto your hats! Gatlinburg turns out on closer inspection to be the best kind of green destination, one that many tourist […]


Trail Running in the Mountains

Have you ever been strolling along a mountain trail enjoying the peaceful serenity of nature, only to have someone in running shoes blast by you and speed ahead into the forest? If you aren’t a runner, you may very well have been irritated, or at least puzzled, by this outdoor over-achiever. After all, isn’t […]


A Catholic Bishop Speaks Out Against Mountaintop Removal

Reprinted from the Catholic Virginian. First published on January 16, 2004. About 10 days before Christmas, I together with Steve Colecchi of our Justice and Peace Office traveled to eastern Kentucky to join a delegation of church leaders who wanted to experience the devastating environmental disaster of “mountain top removal.” Our delegation included Bishop Ronald […]


The Battle of Blair Mountain....Revisited

In late August and September of 1921, the largest armed rebellion in the U.S. since the Civil War was mounted in the coalfields of southern West Virginia. Union coal miners gathered, in numbers estimated anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 strong, outside of Charleston. It is perhaps misleading to call them an “army”, for they had […]