Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region
After three years of deliberations with environmental groups, the U.S. Forest Service reduced the acreage of a timber sale in the Jefferson National Forest and took other measures to protect water quality.
The proposed plan would continue to allow the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission to set water pollution limits, but would allow states to make different restrictions on a conditional basis.
Conservation biologist Bernie Kuhajda found that some aquatic species outside of the Southeast receive as much as 46.6 times more funding than those in the region.
The ASU student government voted unanimously in favor of a bill calling on the Boone, N.C., university to pursue a net-zero impact on greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
Virginia Tech doctoral student Ellen Garcia is implementing green practices such as recycling and energy efficiency at the university's science labs.
After the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi Arabian consulate, the primary investor for a planned battery plant in Pikeville, Ky., dropped out of the project.
Multiple recycling programs in the tri-cities area of Virginia and Tennessee have been affected by a Kingsport recycling facility's closure that is linked to China's ban on the import of 24 recyclable materials.
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.
The president ordered the creation of the Camp Nelson National Monument in October 2018 to honor black troops who fought in the Civil War.
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.
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.
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.
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, W.Va., officials added "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to a list of official protected minorities in the city.
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.