A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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



Tennessee Extends Mercury Advisory for Nolichucky Fish

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued a warning in January against eating certain fish in parts of the Nolichucky River due to mercury contamination.


Senate Bill Would Expand Virginia Wilderness

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act in January, which would increase two wilderness areas in Bath County, Va., by 5,600 acres.


NC Litter-Free Coalition Pays Youth for Trash Cleanup

An anti-litter group in Murphy, N.C., partnered with dozens of local businesses and individuals to pledge money to young people who fill trash bags with litter in Cherokee County.


Water Contamination in Paden City, W.Va.

Residents of Paden City, W.Va., have dealt with chemical water pollution since at least March 2019.


Forest Service Pulls West Virginia Logging Project

In December, the U.S. Forest Service cancelled a 2,400-acre logging plan in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest after environmental groups challenged the project.


State Environmental Agencies See Cuts to Funding, Staffing

A recent report shows that the federal government and 30 states reduced funding for environmental agencies from 2008 to 2018.


New Lightbulbs Will Conserve Energy on VA Highways

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to replace more than 9,600 highway lights with LED bulbs to increase visibility and energy efficiency.


Settlement to Protect Rare Sunfish

An Alabama land trust purchased 500 acres of land containing the habitat of the threatened spring pygmy sunfish. The move is part of an agreement between environmentalists and a car company building a construction plant nearby.


Two WV Counties to Get Connected with Broadband Grant

West Virginia's Tyler and Wetzel counties received approximately $5.6 million in federal funds to support the development of rural broadband internet access.


Camps Focus on Environmental Experiences

Camp Waldo in Summers County, W.Va., is one of several Appalachian summer camps that offers ecologically themed activities.


Draft Plan for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Released

The U.S. Forest Service released its draft plan for North Carolina's Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. The public comment period runs through May 14, and multiple public meetings are scheduled.


Oak Ridge Funding is Secure; Waste Cleanup Remains Uncertain

Tennessee regulators, communities and grassroots groups have yet to resolve a dispute with federal agencies on how to handle hazardous waste at a superfund site in Oak Ridge, Tenn. A dispute between federal agencies and Tennessee regulators over how to handle hazardous waste at a superfund site in Oak Ridge, Tenn.,


Environmental Summer Camps 2020

Looking for kids' summer programs with an environmental focus? These camps emphasize natural sciences and sustainability, with outdoor activities including hiking, wilderness skills, field science and more.


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.