A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Virginia Outlaws Box Turtles as Pets

Eastern Box Turtle

The new regulation, which took effect in July, aims to reduce poaching and mitigate turtle population decline from habitat loss.

Removal of Historic Dam Aims to Restore Watauga River

dam removal

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.

Five Trails in Appalachia Designated National Recreation Trails

In June, the U.S. Department of the Interior celebrated National Trails Day by designating 10 trails as National Recreation Trails, including five in Appalachia.

Linville Caverns Spider Could Be North Carolina’s Newest State Symbol

tiny light-brown spider on similarly colored rock

A bill currently in the North Carolina legislature would declare the tiny Linville Caverns spider an official state symbol.

Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for New Environmental Monitoring Tools

freshwater mussel

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new system to remotely monitor the behavior of freshwater mussels with the potential to warn scientists of aquatic pollutants.

Tennessee Drafting Public Recreation Plan

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is in the process of developing the state’s 10-year public recreation plan after gathering public input on priorities.

WV Bills to Relax Water Protections Seen as ‘Dangerous’

oil and gas storage tanks

Environmental groups in West Virginia are pushing back against two bills in West Virginia that would relax regulations on above-ground chemical storage tanks and ease groundwater quality standards.

New River Gorge Becomes Newest National Park

New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, established in December 2020, is West Virginia’s first national park.

Regional Universities Win EPA Grants For Sustainability Projects

Three universities in Appalachia were among 32 higher education institutions that were awarded grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for projects that include developing water pipes from recycled plastic and researching the air quality impact of exhaled carbon dioxide.

Future is Uncertain for Trump-era Changes to Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Tennessee Warbler

Under the prior administration’s reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, companies would not be fined for incidental bird killings that result from events such as oil spills. The Biden administration has blocked the change from going into effect while it seeks more public comment.

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