A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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



Western North Carolina Groups Seek Solutions to Human-Bear Interactions

Several groups are collaborating on a study intended to reduce the number of human-bear conflicts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Multi-State Healthcare Merger Draws Months-Long Protest

When a Kingsport, Tenn., hospital merged with Ballad Health, the monopoly healthcare provider drastically cut back the hospital's services – sparking a months-long 24/7 protest.


Red River Gorge Destination Resort Concept Raises Questions

A proposed destination resort in the Red River Gorge area was met with questions and concerns from area residents and business owners.


Bill Would Redesignate New River Gorge as National Park

West Virginia congressional representatives introduced a bill in fall 2019 that would create a new national park in the state.


Groups Restore NC Linville River for Trout

Several North Carolina agencies and private environmental groups have teamed up to restore part of the Linville River in the Gill State Forest.


NC Manufacturer Recieves Environmental Award

North Carolina awarded Arden-based electrical manufacturing company Eaton a 2019 Environmental Steward Plaque for sending zero waste to landfills for nearly two years.


Tourism Rises in West Virginia

The Mountain State's tourism industry grew by 6.5 percent in 2018, outpacing the national growth rate by 58 percent.


University of Virginia Begins Electric Cargo Bike Trial

The University of Virginia at Charlottesville started a pilot program in August to replace some of its maintenance vehicles with three-wheeled cargo e-bikes.


Kentucky River Receives 15,000 Blue Catfish from West Virginia

West Virginia donated 15,000 blue catfish to restock the Kentucky River where the fish's population is low and catfishing is popular.


Chattanooga Creek Delisted from EPA Superfund List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed the Chattanooga Creek from its Superfund list in October.


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.