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Solar Panels on Southwest Virginia Schools Signal a Diversifying Economy

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School solar projects demonstrate how Virginia’s coalfield counties are diversifying their economies and energy options with solar power.

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Cultivating Communities Through Seed Saving

The University of North Georgia Appalachian Studies Center’s signature project, the Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories, is a demonstration garden for heirloom seeds and an oral history collection. Photo courtesy Rosann Kent.

Seed saving allows gardeners and farmers to explore new varieties of the plants they grow while forming communities around the practice.

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Dreamers: Ice climbing in the Southeast

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Good ice climbing conditions are rare in the Southeast — but when the conditions are ripe, adventurers like Dylan Walton are ready.

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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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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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