A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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



Community Efforts to Stop Construction of Rockwool Plant in West Virginia Continue

Residents of Jefferson County, W.Va., are working to stop a proposed stone insulation manufacturing plant in the area.


PFAS Contamination Still a Concern in United States

Elevated amounts of the toxic class of chemicals commonly used in non-stick cookware has been found in aquatic environments and in humans.


Running Buffalo Clover Could be Removed from Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the running buffalo clover from the endangered species list in August. The plant was previously thought to be extinct for more than 40 years before its rediscovery in 1983.


States Work to Defend Appalachia from Invasive Fish

State agencies in Appalachia are experimenting with different strategies to stop the spread of the invasive Asian carp.


Mendota Rail-to-Trail Moves Forward

Organizers opened a 3.1-mile section of the planned 12.5-mile Mendota Trail in Bristol, Va., in August. The trail is slated to run along a former railway path from Bristol to Mendota, Va.


Conservation Grants Aim to Improve Cumberland Shortleaf Pine Forest

A series of grants and other funds totaling $2.6 million are slated for conservation work on more than 9,700 acres of shortleaf pine and riparian forest in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.


New State Trail Designated in Western North Carolina

The Northern Peaks Trail was officially designated as a North Carolina state trail in July. Planners of the 40-mile trail from Boone to West Jefferson aim to focus on education and conservation.


Nantahala River Recovers from Landslide

The U.S. Forest Service closed the Nantahala River to recreational use for nearly two weeks after a severe storm in late August triggered landslides.


Student Sustainability Program at Virginia Tech Receives Award

A Virginia Tech program that implements student-proposed green projects received an award for innovation in sustainability.


Job Corps Sites to Remain Open

The Trump administration reversed its decision to privatize 16 federal job centers and close nine after public and political backlash.


Ohio River Protections Now Optional

In June, an interstate regulatory agency voted to replace mandatory water quality protections for the Ohio River with voluntary guidelines that states can choose whether or not to follow.


Federal Approval Rescinded for Kentucky Prison

The project would have used public money, including abandoned mine reclamation funds, to build a federal prison on a former coal mine in Letcher County, Ky.


Volunteers Remove Staggering Amounts of Litter Across Region

State agencies, community groups and locals are working together to clean up significant amounts of litter across Appalachia.


Local WV Groups Fight Back Against Industrial Rockwool Facility

Community groups in Jefferson County, W.Va., are challenging local and state government efforts to bring a stone wool insulation manufacturing plant to the area, citing air pollution and other concerns.


States’ Right to Ban Uranium Mining Upheld

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Virginia mining company that was suing to overturn the state's 1982 moratorium on uranium mining.