A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

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



Asian Carp Spreading Near East Tennessee

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.


Lawsuit Challenges Logging Sale in Cherokee National Forest

Several conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service for allegedly allowing unlawful, high-impact logging on a 534-acre stretch of land in the Cherokee National Forest.


Summit Stresses Sustainability in Climbing

The two-day workshop hosted by The Access Fund in April was centered on ensuring that rock climbing has a positive environmental and economic impact as the sport grows in the Appalachian region.


Health Improves in Allegheny County, Pa., After Shenango Coke Plant Closes

After Shenango Coke Works closed in 2016, Allegheny County, Pa., saw a significant decrease in ER visits for breathing and heart disorders, though there is no scientifically proven connection.


Conservation Groups Purchase Land in Western North Carolina

This spring, two land trust groups purchased a total of 190 acres of unprotected land in North Carolina's Buncombe, Henderson and Caldwell counties.


WV Study Connects Acid Rain to Global Temperature

West Virginia University Ph.D. candidate Joe Carrara found that increased acid rain affects the rate of carbon dioxide returned to the atmosphere.


New Public Lands Open in Northeast Kentucky

Old Trace Creek Wildlife Management Area, a 323-acre stretch of land in Lewis County, Ky., is now open for public use.


North Carolina Forest Fire Closes Appalachian Trail

An unattended campfire likely caused a 50-acre fire that temporarily closed part of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.


Fifth Grader Spurs Change at WCU

Cullowhee Valley School fifth-grader Liam Tormey's testing of the Tuckasegee River led to Western Carolina University staff taking steps to reduce future sediment pollution.


Managing GenX Contamination

In May, the North Carolina House and Senate passed separate bills to grant the state Department of Environmental Quality more funding to address GenX contamination.


Cash for Carbon: Working Woodlands Program Grows in Appalachia

Over 25,000 acres of forest in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia will remain undeveloped for use in Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber markets.


West Virginia State Park Logging Bill Defeated

Widespread public backlash led to the defeat of a West Virginia bill that would have lifted the 80-year ban on commercial logging in state parks.


Sanctuary for Research Chimpanzees Opens Outdoor Habitat

In January, Georgia-based chimpanzee sanctuary Project Chimps opened a six-acre expanse of woods to 15 apes that had spent their entire lives indoors for biomedical research.


Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct

The eastern cougar, a subspecies of the North American cougar that once roamed much of the Eastern United States and parts of Canada, was officially declared extinct in February.


N.C. Rock Faces Closed to Protect Falcons

The U.S. Forest Service is seasonally closing nine recreational rock faces in North Carolina to protect rare peregrine falcon nests.