A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

AV's Intern Team

Every year, Appalachian Voices is fortunate to assemble a phenomenal team of rockstar interns from numerous Appalachian and East Coast universities. Enjoy these posts from our interns.

Volunteer monitors coal mine data and maintains Appalachian Trail

Much of Dan’s work involves pulling data about mine transfers, bonding and environmental violations from public sources, and aggregating it in an understandable and manageable way.

EPA Finalizes Weakened Coal Ash Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule allows utilities to dump coal ash into unlined pits through April 2021, and some companies may be able to do so for longer.

Tennessee Adds Seven Sites to National Register of Historic Places

Four of the sites added by the Tennessee Historical Commission are in the Appalachian region.

Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition Receives Federal Grants

The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition, a network of agroforestry stakeholders, received two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this spring to continue to revive forest farming as a sustainable development practice.

Call for Action Against Coal Ash in Alabama

Environmental groups in Alabama are asking power companies and legislators to move coal ash into lined landfills or recycle it.

Petrochemical Development in Appalachia Faces New Challenges

road leading through a grassy field

Economic experts warn that new petrochemical facilities in the Ohio River Valley could be an unwise investment for the region, and one of two investors backs out of a potential cracker plant in Ohio.

Meet Appalachia’s Misunderstood Marsupial, the Opossum

opossum

With their appetites for snakes and ticks, and their propensity to clean up stray roadkill and rotting plants, opossums can be helpful neighbors to humans.

Repair Movement Reinvigorates Fix-It Culture

Cville TimeBank Repair Café

Instead of throwing away broken electronics, furniture, appliances and more, community groups across Appalachia oppose disposal by fixing these items and teaching their neighbors how to do the same.

Fire Ants Adjust to Higher Elevations

red area shows fire ants inhabiting much of the South

A recent study indicates that fire ants, an invasive species in Appalachia, are becoming acclimated to cooler conditions.

West Virginia Wants Your Help to Track Turtles and Fireflies

eastern box turtle

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking citizen scientists to report sightings of firefly and woodland box turtles to aid research efforts.