A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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



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.


EPA Removes West Virginia Site from Superfund List

The Ordnance Works Disposal Areas Superfund Site in Morgantown, W.Va., was removed from the Superfund list in August.


North Carolina Elk Given More Space to Roam

Elk reintroduced 17 years ago near Maggie Valley, N.C., now have 500 more acres of grazing land.


Hurricane Florence Devastates the Carolinas

September's Hurricane Florence caused major flooding across the Carolinas and killed more than 40 people and millions of farm animals.


Blue Ridge Discovery Center Celebrates 10 Years

The Blue Ridge Discovery Center in Troutdale, Va., helps people of all ages explore the natural wonders of the Mt. Rogers area.


Elk Knob Art Trail Celebrates Nature and Creativity

A group of Appalachian State University students created a variety of artworks to display along Elk Knob State Park's Beech Tree Trail in Todd, N.C.


Land Conserved Along Little South Fork of Cumberland River in Kentucky

More than 1,000 acres of land along Kentucky's Little South Fork of the Cumberland River were placed under state protection in August.


Two-Headed Copperhead Found in Virginia

A Virginia resident found this two-headed snake in her yard in late September.