Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region
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.
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.
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.
Residents of Paden City, W.Va., have dealt with chemical water pollution since at least March 2019.
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.
A recent report shows that the federal government and 30 states reduced funding for environmental agencies from 2008 to 2018.
The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to replace more than 9,600 highway lights with LED bulbs to increase visibility and energy efficiency.
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.
West Virginia's Tyler and Wetzel counties received approximately $5.6 million in federal funds to support the development of rural broadband internet access.
Camp Waldo in Summers County, W.Va., is one of several Appalachian summer camps that offers ecologically themed activities.
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.
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.,
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.
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.