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


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


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


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,


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


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


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


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


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


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,