A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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



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.


The STAY Project Celebrates 10 Years

The Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY) Project, a youth-led organization of people ages 14 to 30 that aims to “make Appalachia a place young people can and want to stay,” celebrated 10 years in July.


Giant Hogweed Sprouting up in Appalachia

New patches of Giant Hogweed, a toxic non-native invasive species, have been found in the eastern U.S., including Western North Carolina and parts of Virginia.


SolSmart Designation in Works for Southwest Virginia

Several counties and towns in Southwest Virginia received a federal grant to help develop solar energy in the area.


Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative Extended

State and federal agencies will continue working together to protect and restore the Clinch-Powell watershed in Tennessee and Virginia over the next 10 years.


Students Uncover Slave Artifacts at Poplar Forest Plantation

Plates, smoking pipes and more that belonged to enslaved people have been unearthed at Thomas Jefferson's Bedford County, Va., plantation.


Swain County to Receive $35.2 Million for “Road to Nowhere”

Swain County, N.C., is receiving a $35.2 million settlement for an incomplete road the federal government started in 1943.


90 Percent Reduction Proposed for Red Wolf Protected Habitat

Citing an unsuccessful reintroduction program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a plan to dramatically decrease the habitat of the remaining 35 endangered red wolves in Eastern North Carolina.