The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Dear Members,

To save our mountains, it is important for us to communicate our love of the mountains to the public.

As a member and Advocate of Appalachian Voices, we want to offer you the opportunity to preview our new website that will go live Thursday, August 26, 2010.

By showcasing our work on environmental issues plus the beauty and diversity of the region, we believe our new website will help more people become involved in protecting the land, air, water and communities of the region.

Although we're still busy adding some finishing touches to the site, we are excited to share our progress with you and to hear your suggestions. Let us hear from you at This, after all, is not just our website. It belongs to you as well.

It is also important for you to directly communicate your love of the mountains, by sharing your voice and support. Read below to find four unique ways you can become involved in protecting the Appalachia we all know and love.

For the mountains,

Willa Mays
Executive Director

Hazardous or Household Waste:
Coal Ash piles on Watts Bar Lake following the TVA coal ash disaster in December 2008The Coal Ash Debate

This summer the EPA released competing proposals for the storage and disposal of coal ash, the leftover, heavy-metal laden waste from coal-fired power plants. One of these would label coal ash as a toxic waste, the other could have terrible implications for Appalachian coal regions. Read about the two options and add your voice to the EPA's public comment period.

Shoe Shopping for the Environment

Regional outdoor retailers Mast General Store and renowned outfitters Patagonia® have teamed up to raise money for our campaigns to save Appalachia. During the month of September, $10 from every pair of Patagonia shoes purchased from any Mast Store will be donated to our work here at Appalachian Voices. Walk a mile or two (or two thousand) in "our" shoes today!

Music on the Mountaintop, photo by Megan Naylor
Getting Festive with Music on
the Mountaintop August 27-28

You have one week left to buy your tickets for this two-day musical extravaganza featuring Appalachian Voices as this year's non-profit receiving a portion of the proceeds. Enjoy Sam Bush, Keller Williams, Acoustic Syndicate and Railroad Earth, among many others while supporting a good cause!



Your Donation Makes A Difference
Donate $25 or more to Forrest Griffen's Appalachian Trail hiking fundraiser and become a member of Appalachian Voices!

Business League Spotlight

Yellow Dog Entertainment
Yellow Dog Entertainment, LLC specializes in the planning, promotion, and production of environmentally-themed music events. Meet them at the third annual Music on the Mountaintop August 27 - 28!

Check out all of our Business League Members


Friends of Blair Mtn Rally
Sept. 4 - Blair Mountain, WV
Music, food and speeches sharing the history of the battle and the story surrounding the fight to preserve the battlefield.
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Music on the Mountaintop
August 27-28 -- Boone, N.C.
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Watauga River Clean Up
September 25 -- Watauga County, N.C. Email or call 828-264-3061 for details
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NC Coal Ash Public Hearing & Rally by Appalachian Voices
September 14 -- Charlotte, N.C.
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Gauley Fest
September 17-19 -- Summersville, W.Va.
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Bridge-To-Bridge Incredible Challenge Bike Ride
September 19 -- 102-mile bike ride from Lenoir, N.C. to Grandfather Mountain.
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Georgia Forest Watch Fall Retreat
September 25 --
Vogel State Park, Ga

August 19, 2010 ~ Vol. 2, No. 8

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