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Trailblazers

Airborne bike rider

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

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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.

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West Virginia Reintroduces Northern Bobwhite Quail to State

northern bobwhite quail

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources started a five-year restoration of the game species in March.

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Projected Layoffs for Murray Energy Workers

Bankrupt coal company Murray Energy has filed several notices warning of impending mass layoffs.

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“Environmentalist” Tom Clarke abandons mines in West Virginia

view of disturbed mine land at Hobet Mine

With the failure of coal operator ERP’s unconventional scheme, West Virginia must contend with the company’s environmental violations and mines in need of cleanup.

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Hemp Finds a Home

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

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Water Contamination in Paden City, W.Va.

Residents of Paden City, W.Va., have dealt with chemical water pollution since at least March 2019.

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Sen. Manchin takes new view of mountaintop removal coal mining

Photo of mountaintop removal mining by Kent Mason

CONTACTS: Thom Kay, Senior Legislative Representative, thom.kay@appvoices.org, 828-262-1500 At a confirmation hearing today for the nominee to head the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement, Sen. Joe Manchin asked nominee Lanny Erdos to commit to revive a National Academies

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Seeking a Path to 100% Clean Energy

human formation of a sun and 100% clean power

Localities across Appalachia and the nation have pledged to fully convert to green power — but restrictive policies and monopoly utilities are holding them back.

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An Appalachian Solar Tour

man by solar panel

Numerous Appalachian homes and businesses took part in the 2019 National Solar Tour in October, sharing their experiences and opening their doors to the public to view their solar installations.

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