Threats to Native Fauna: WIld American Ginsing

Black bear parts aren’t the only wild resources in the Blue Ridge being traded on the black market. Virginia’s Operation VIPER also zeroed in on the ginseng trade. As with bear parts, ginseng is also used in traditional Chinese medicine and is believed to provide stress relief, improved mental efficiency, and better stamina. It also…

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Modern-Day Moonshiners

images/voice_uploads/ContentsMooshiner.gif Locals know that there is a place, a little bar set up inside a double-wide trailer perched on a hillside far from the main roads in the mountains of east Tennessee, where you can still get moonshine by the shot (in a small plastic Dixie cup) or by the quart jar. The proprietors of…

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Birds on the Wing

Spring is perhaps the best time of year for watching birds, and, ironically, is one of only a couple times each year one might actually see a Tennessee warbler in Tennessee or a Nashville warbler stop to rest its wings on a WSM transmitter. There is no better time to watch birds than when they…

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Spirit in the Forest…

images/voice_uploads/ContentsOBN.gif What is the value of wilderness? The answer to this question will, of course, depend on whom you ask. A scientist might discuss the importance of wilderness for maintaining the natural diversity of species, while a business owner might discuss the role of outdoor tourism for the local economy and a real estate broker…

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Statement of the Spiritual Value of North Carolina’s Wilderness

1. Spiritual Revival is Inherent in Wilderness Wilderness itself worships the Creator. By its very nature it offers a quiet but exuberant praise of God which people should acknowledge. This natural worship gives wilderness inherent worth, presence and value that stretches beyond its potential monetary values from supplying commodities or raw materials When visitors to…

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A Parting Gift to the Appalachians

Appalachian Voices’ Sustainable Forestry Coordinator, Katie Goslee, recently completed her work with Appalachian Voices and has now moved on to take a job in Washington, DC, with the State and Private Forests branch of the US Forest Service. In her new position, she will continue doing the kind of work she did with Appalachian Voices,…

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“Just say NO!” to Toxic Mercury

The following comments by high school student and Appalachian Voices volunteer Sarah Heath Olesiuk were so poignant that we decided to share them with our readers. The comments were delivered at a recent EPA hearing in North Carolina on the Bush Administration’s proposed roll-backs of mercury regulations. “As a teenager, I am constantly bombarded by…

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What’s Good for Health Is Good for Business

John Cooper, owner of the Mast General Stores, and Tom Vallone, President of the Great Outdoor Provision Company, have a lot in common. They are both successful businessmen, each owning seven outdoor-oriented retail stores in the Carolinas, both are supporters of the Appalachian Voices Business League, and both were willing to step up and use…

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Music For the Mountains

During the month of April, Falling Mountain Music’s website will feature a song by Appalachian Voices own Associate Executive Director, Mary Anne Hitt, as their MP3 of the month. The song, “The Most Beautiful Place in the World,” is one of thirteen by various artists on the benefit album Moving Mountains: Voices of Appalachia Rise…

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Moving Mountains

Willie Nelson’s stage manager once called the country music legend “the king of the common man,” so it’s no surprise that Nelson has thrown his support behind a new album entitled Moving Mountains: Voices of Appalachia Rise Up Against Mountaintop Removal. The album features musicians from across Appalachia who have come together to help their…

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