Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region
The Ordnance Works Disposal Areas Superfund Site in Morgantown, W.Va., was removed from the Superfund list in August.
Elk reintroduced 17 years ago near Maggie Valley, N.C., now have 500 more acres of grazing land.
September's Hurricane Florence caused major flooding across the Carolinas and killed more than 40 people and millions of farm animals.
The Blue Ridge Discovery Center in Troutdale, Va., helps people of all ages explore the natural wonders of the Mt. Rogers area.
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.
More than 1,000 acres of land along Kentucky's Little South Fork of the Cumberland River were placed under state protection in August.
A Virginia resident found this two-headed snake in her yard in late September.
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.
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.
Several counties and towns in Southwest Virginia received a federal grant to help develop solar energy in the area.
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.
Plates, smoking pipes and more that belonged to enslaved people have been unearthed at Thomas Jefferson's Bedford County, Va., plantation.
Swain County, N.C., is receiving a $35.2 million settlement for an incomplete road the federal government started in 1943.
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.
Evidence of Asian carp, an invasive species that can potentially injure boaters or recreationists by jumping out of the water, has been found in Chickamauga Lake northeast of Chattanooga, Tenn.