Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region
Several groups are collaborating on a study intended to reduce the number of human-bear conflicts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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.
A proposed destination resort in the Red River Gorge area was met with questions and concerns from area residents and business owners.
West Virginia congressional representatives introduced a bill in fall 2019 that would create a new national park in the state.
Several North Carolina agencies and private environmental groups have teamed up to restore part of the Linville River in the Gill State Forest.
North Carolina awarded Arden-based electrical manufacturing company Eaton a 2019 Environmental Steward Plaque for sending zero waste to landfills for nearly two years.
The Mountain State's tourism industry grew by 6.5 percent in 2018, outpacing the national growth rate by 58 percent.
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.
West Virginia donated 15,000 blue catfish to restock the Kentucky River where the fish's population is low and catfishing is popular.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed the Chattanooga Creek from its Superfund list in October.
Residents of Jefferson County, W.Va., are working to stop a proposed stone insulation manufacturing plant in the area.
Elevated amounts of the toxic class of chemicals commonly used in non-stick cookware has been found in aquatic environments and in humans.
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.
State agencies in Appalachia are experimenting with different strategies to stop the spread of the invasive Asian carp.
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.