A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Contributing Writers


Solar program aids Virginia parishes, schools as environmental stewards

aerial view of a church with solar panels

“It is the best of both worlds. We can save money and care for the environment,” said Father Jonathan Goertz, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Danville, one of the churches joining the effort.

Snorkeler Casper Cox Explores Appalachia’s Diverse Freshwater Life

A gray and green fish carries a stone in its moth, surrounded by smaller red fish

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

“Succession School” to Help Ohio’s Elder Generation of Farmers

Young farmers can have trouble accessing land, and often the direct descendants of older farmers are becoming less interested in taking up the torch. An Ohio program aims to help older farmers with the succession process.

Public Hearing on Kentucky Utilities’ Coal Ash Cleanup Plan

Critics say a plan developed by Kentucky Utilities to address groundwater pollution from an unlined coal-ash pond seeping into Herrington Lake is inadequate.

Red Bird Mission Adds Solar

Man wearing face mask holds circuit board

A partnership between Eastern Kentucky organizations recently brought solar panels — and substantial utility bill savings — to Red Bird Mission.

Trailblazers

Airborne bike rider

Three projects show how mountain biking is helping shape development and protect private lands from pavement in Appalachia.

Hemp Finds a Home

house

A hempcrete house high in the mountains of West Virginia demonstrates that industrial hemp is a viable alternative for homebuilders.

Pristine Waters At Bottom Creek Gorge

Bottom Creek

The Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve in Montgomery County, Va., contains more than 5 miles of trails and the second-highest waterfall in the state.

Betting the Farm on a “Wild West” Hemp Economy in Appalachia

man in front of hemp field

Ever-changing laws and regulations, a saturated CBD market and high operating costs are stressing the region’s industrial hemp farmers.

State Environmental Agencies See Cuts to Funding, Staffing

A recent report shows that the federal government and 30 states reduced funding for environmental agencies from 2008 to 2018.