The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

November 21, 2015

Focus on Appalachia's future

Appalachian Voices Executive Director Tom Cormons highlights our achievements in 2015, beginning with opening our new office in southwest Virginia, where we have made tremendous progress engaging with local citizens and officials to envision a new, sustainable economy in a future no longer dominated by coal.

[ Read Tom's blog ]

Crowdsourcing southwest Virginia's new economy

More than 130 people came to our recent community forums to share their ideas about moving the region forward as the coal industry declines. We'll be gaining more ideas and input in coming months with an exciting new project.

[ Read more ]

The coyote conundrum

Once found in the United States only in the western plains, coyotes are increasingly at home in Appalachia. Coyote populations are growing, and the wiley canine is adapting to urban settings, leading to more interactions with humans.

[ Read the story in The Appalachian Voice ]

Virginia shouldn't go it alone

Virginia can boldly act to cut carbon pollution that drives climate change, transition to clean energy, and assist the struggling economies of southwest Virginia by joining forces with the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Read more, then send your comment to Governor McAuliffe.

[ Take action today! ]

New faces, fresh perspectives

We're excited to welcome two new members to the Appalachian Voices team. Maya Viknius, born and raised in the Ukraine, brings a unique cultural perspective and nearly 20 years experience in accounting, while Leigh Kirchner, a first-generation college graduate with centuries-old roots in Appalachia, joins our development team to help run our membership outreach.

[ Meet Maya and Leigh ]

NC lawmakers put fracking first

This month, the town of Walnut Cove joined a growing list of localities in North Carolina that have passed ordinances against natural gas drilling. But residents concerned about the risks to clean water and public health are also worried about state lawmakers' insistence on putting fracking first.

[ Read more ]

Keeping the pressure on pipelines

Appalachian Voices is one of 30 groups calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to do a single, comprehensive study of all four of the massive fracked-gas pipelines targeted for our region, and we're intervening in the permit process for two of them — Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast.

[ Read more ]


Help us continue to protect the mountains for future generations — support our work for clean air, clean water, clean energy and a renewed economy for Appalachia!

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Dean Whitworth
An actor, former Appalachian Voices board member and largest distributor of The Appalachian Voice, Dean is also one of the most stalwart defenders of the Cherokee National Forest.

[ Meet Dean ]


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Energy Plan Workshop for Appalachian Power Customers
Nov. 23: Join the discussion to encourage Appalachian Power to explore clean energy options. Free. Roanoke, Va.
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Outdoor Family Adventure
Nov. 27-29: Family-friendly activities include hiking, archery, birding, storytelling and astronomy. Free. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin, Ky.
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Poems and Prayers for the Planet
Nov. 29: This event is part of the Global Climate March, before world leaders meet in Paris on Nov. 30 to start negotiate the next global climate deal. Admission to Grandfather Mountain required. Linville, N.C.
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Christmas in Old Appalachia
Dec. 5-24: Join the Museum of Appalachia as they recreate Christmas from an earlier era. Admission to museum required. Norris, Tenn.
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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike
Dec. 12: The Swannanoa Valley Museum is sponsoring this strenuous 4 mile hike along the valley rim. Pre-registration required, $30-50. Asheville, N.C.
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116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Dec. 19: Pocahontas County, W.Va. will join the nation's longest-running citizen science project to identify and count as many birds as possible.
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