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New Clinch River State Park Showcases Biodiversity

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Supporters of Southwest Virginia’s newest state park hope that it will foster a conservation mindset and bring awareness to the Clinch River’s rich biodiversity.

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River Watchdogs Raise Awareness of Bacteria Levels at Popular Swim Spots

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Cool water, river swim spots and… bacteria? River advocates want to see more water testing and better water quality notification systems.

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Removal of Historic Dam Aims to Restore Watauga River

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On May 16, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Ward Mill Dam in an effort to reconnect streams across the Watauga River watershed. The B.O. Ward House and Mill Complex was preserved and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Virginia Gold Rush

Residents fear a dangerous open-pit gold mine will open in Buckingham County before the Virginia General Assembly acts.

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Researchers Discover New Wildflower in SC

The only known population of Shealy’s saxifrage lives at a preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy in Pickens County, South Carolina.

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Linville Caverns Spider Could Be North Carolina’s Newest State Symbol

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A bill currently in the North Carolina legislature would declare the tiny Linville Caverns spider an official state symbol.

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N.C. Advocates Call for State Action on Rent, Utility Assistance

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In March 8 letters to state officials, activists said that hundreds of thousands of struggling families in North Carolina will remain at risk of eviction and utility shut-offs if further action is not taken before the end of the month.

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Virginia Resident Finally Finds Relief From Coal Truck Dust

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After a resident unsuccessfully sought aid from Virginia officials for two years to address constant dust from passing coal trucks, one reporter’s questions motivated the company to take action.

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Young Black Leaders Steer the Way for Change in Appalachia

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Organizations built to fight for equity and uplift Black lives are surging throughout Appalachia and young leaders are steering the way.

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Snorkeler Casper Cox Explores Appalachia’s Diverse Freshwater Life

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Snorkeling Appalachia’s rivers and creeks puts adventurers face-to-face with a diverse and colorful array of fish.

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