A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region



The STAY Project Celebrates 10 Years

The Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY) Project, a youth-led organization of people ages 14 to 30 that aims to “make Appalachia a place young people can and want to stay,” celebrated 10 years in July.


Giant Hogweed Sprouting up in Appalachia

New patches of Giant Hogweed, a toxic non-native invasive species, have been found in the eastern U.S., including Western North Carolina and parts of Virginia.


SolSmart Designation in Works for Southwest Virginia

Several counties and towns in Southwest Virginia received a federal grant to help develop solar energy in the area.


Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative Extended

State and federal agencies will continue working together to protect and restore the Clinch-Powell watershed in Tennessee and Virginia over the next 10 years.


Students Uncover Slave Artifacts at Poplar Forest Plantation

Plates, smoking pipes and more that belonged to enslaved people have been unearthed at Thomas Jefferson's Bedford County, Va., plantation.


Swain County to Receive $35.2 Million for “Road to Nowhere”

Swain County, N.C., is receiving a $35.2 million settlement for an incomplete road the federal government started in 1943.


90 Percent Reduction Proposed for Red Wolf Protected Habitat

Citing an unsuccessful reintroduction program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a plan to dramatically decrease the habitat of the remaining 35 endangered red wolves in Eastern North Carolina.


Asian Carp Spreading Near East Tennessee

Evidence of Asian carp, an invasive species that can potentially injure boaters or recreationists by jumping out of the water, has been found in Chickamauga Lake northeast of Chattanooga, Tenn.


Lawsuit Challenges Logging Sale in Cherokee National Forest

Several conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service for allegedly allowing unlawful, high-impact logging on a 534-acre stretch of land in the Cherokee National Forest.


Summit Stresses Sustainability in Climbing

The two-day workshop hosted by The Access Fund in April was centered on ensuring that rock climbing has a positive environmental and economic impact as the sport grows in the Appalachian region.


Health Improves in Allegheny County, Pa., After Shenango Coke Plant Closes

After Shenango Coke Works closed in 2016, Allegheny County, Pa., saw a significant decrease in ER visits for breathing and heart disorders, though there is no scientifically proven connection.


Conservation Groups Purchase Land in Western North Carolina

This spring, two land trust groups purchased a total of 190 acres of unprotected land in North Carolina's Buncombe, Henderson and Caldwell counties.


WV Study Connects Acid Rain to Global Temperature

West Virginia University Ph.D. candidate Joe Carrara found that increased acid rain affects the rate of carbon dioxide returned to the atmosphere.


New Public Lands Open in Northeast Kentucky

Old Trace Creek Wildlife Management Area, a 323-acre stretch of land in Lewis County, Ky., is now open for public use.


North Carolina Forest Fire Closes Appalachian Trail

An unattended campfire likely caused a 50-acre fire that temporarily closed part of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.