A publication of Appalachian Voices

A publication of Appalachian Voices

Climbing the Highlands

Appalachia offers climbers challenging routes in beautiful settings, and the region’s geology invites adventurers of all styles and abilities. And in return, the sport of climbing provides an opportunity for economic development for areas around these rock formations.

FloydFest: Celebrating Music and Mountains

For the second year in a row, Appalachian Voices and Floydfest are teaming up to encourage and promote stewardship of the Appalachian region, blending the joyous atmosphere of a music festival with opportunities to learn about environmental threats to the mountains and discover ways to get involved.

Don Blankenship Sentenced and other news briefs

A former CEO of a coal mining company receives a historic criminal sentence, Atlantic Ocean spared from drilling, new study shows West Virginia is flatter due to mountaintop removal coal mining and other energy briefs.

Coal Export Market Evaporates

In 2011, the nation’s three largest coal companies bet billions of dollars on future Chinese demand for steelmaking metallurgical coal, a primarily from Appalachia. When Chinese demand fell, so did the Appalachian coal export market.

Pine Mountain One Step Closer to Full Protection

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust preserved an additional 2,050 acres on Pine Mountain, extending a project to protect a corridor of land across the 125-mile-long mountain.

Russell Fork Makes “Most Endangered Rivers” List

The Russell Fork, which carved the gorge at the heart of Breaks Interstate Park on its path through through Virginia and Kentucky, is threatened by a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine in Dickenson County, Va.

Environmental Summer Camps 2016

Browse our online listing of summer camp programs for all ages . The majority of these regional camps emphasize environmental sciences and sustainability, with outdoor activities including hiking, wilderness skills, field science and more.

“Social Enterprise” Expanding in Appalachia

Social enterprises — businesses that aim to improve social problems — are increasing in Appalachia.

Student Influences State Reptile Selection and other shorts

An 11-year-old influenced the selection of Virginia’s official state snake, 17-year cicada brood is expected in northern West Virginia and Ohio, Tennessee legislators push for wilderness designation in the Cherokee National Forest and more.

Regional Solar Updates

North Carolina ranked second in solar growth for 2015, and a Virginia solar project is moving forward after an initial roadblock from state regulators.