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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.

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Virginia Gold Rush

Residents fear a dangerous open-pit gold mine will open in Buckingham County before the Virginia General Assembly acts.

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Students Push for Campus Climate Action

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College students across the Appalachian region are calling for a host of climate and sustainability initiatives on their campuses.

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Relay Runners Followed Path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Three women ran the 415-mile route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline over the course of 10 days to protest the project and connect with residents along the pipeline’s path.

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New Virginia law sets up stakeholder process to diversify coal region’s economy

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, Legislative Director, chelsea@appvoices.org, 614-205-6424 Governor Northam has signed into law a bill, passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 session, that ends decades-old tax credits for the coal industry and establishes a stakeholder process to inform

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Last Tree-sitters Removed from Path of Mountain Valley Pipeline

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For 932 days, tree-sitters at the Yellow Finch site blocked the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The two remaining tree-sitters were extracted by Virginia State Police on March 23 and March 24.

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Building community power for economic transition in the coalfields

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The New Economy Network of Southwest Virginia continues to progress local conversations to bring positive change to the region.

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It’s a wrap! A rundown of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly

We and our allies fought hard for the health and well-being of communities and the environment, and we’re grateful for the emails and calls you delivered to the legislature to support these efforts.

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Va. coalfield groups one step closer to state grant for innovative battery and electric manufacturing proposal

An innovative economic development proposal heads to the GO Virginia State Board for final approval at its March meeting after the Region One Council approved the proposal last week. The implementation grant proposal focuses on creating jobs and attracting investments

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Coalition highlights community projects to restore, redevelop old coal sites in Appalachia

Norton, VA — A coalition of groups in Central Appalachia today issued its third annual report highlighting innovative projects that will clean up abandoned coal mine lands and brownfields in six states and give them new life as solar energy

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