A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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



Wildlife Center Continues Legal Fight for Raptor Rehab Facility

Neighbors of the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke are suing the facility for its plans to build a raptor rehabilitation cage, putting the center in financial jeopardy.


Camp Nelson Honored as a National Monument

The president ordered the creation of the Camp Nelson National Monument in October 2018 to honor black troops who fought in the Civil War.


Repercussions of Government Shutdown Visible in Region

The partial U.S. government shutdown affected Appalachian federal employees, national parks and forests, food stamp recipients, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and more.


Tennessee Wants You to Sniff Out Rare Skunks

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is on the lookout for the rare Eastern spotted skunk after a trail camera caught one by chance last fall.


Thousands of West Virginia Acres to Become Public Land

The Conservation Fund purchased nearly 19,000 acres of West Virginia land in December and plans to transfer it to the state for hunting and habitat protection.


Rockwool Proposal Draws Criticism and West Virginia Constitutional Challenge

Some residents of Jefferson County, W.Va., are resisting the Danish stone wool insulation manufacturing company's proposal to build a plant that would emit large amounts of volatile organic compounds.


Beckley Protects LGBTQ Residents

Beckley, W.Va., officials added "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to a list of official protected minorities in the city.


Microplastics Flood Tennessee River Watershed

A team of scientists and volunteers surveyed the Tennessee River and found massive amounts of broken-down plastics, which aren't regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Canaan Valley Cancels Plans for Commercial Logging

The manager of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge cancelled plans to log 20 percent of the area after significant backlash to the proposal.


Judge Refutes Trump Administration Decision on Red Wolf Conservation

The federal court's decision prohibits the killing of critically endangered red wolves that roam off their refuge without proof that the wolf is a danger to humans or livestock.


Proposed Landfill at Oak Ridge Sparks Controversy

Residents near Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Reservation, which produced enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, are concerned about flooding and the release of radioactive wastewater at a proposed landfill.


West Virginia Drops Drinking Water Protections

A state legislative committee accepted an industry group's last-minute amendment to state drinking water standards dictating safe pollutant levels.


Second Two-headed Snake Recently Found in Region

A Leslie County, Ky., couple found a rare two-headed snake in their yard, the second two-headed copperhead found in the region this year.


Knoxville Chemical Waste Permit Renewed After Citizen Hearing

Community members voiced multiple concerns about the plant, which has previous infractions for leaking contaminants into local groundwater.


Appalachian Horses Still at Risk of Slaughter Over the Border

Equine advocates are calling for the passage of bills in the U.S. House and Senate that would outlaw the transportation of horses out of the country to be slaughtered for human consumption.