June/July 2015

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Mountain Ingenuity

Appalachia has its scars along with its beauty, its struggles along with its triumphs. But mountain people are resourceful, and across the region citizens are making strides toward a better tomorrow — one that builds on the strength of our past while sustaining healthy environments and communities today.

In this issue, read about the individuals, organizations and communities that are working together to address the pressing issues of our time.

Other Top Stories From June/July 2015

Communities at Risk from Mountaintop Removal

A new interactive map shows that, even as Appalachian coal production declines, mountaintop removal coal mining is encroaching on many communities in the region.

On the Front Lines

When mountaintop removal threatened to surround the tiny town of Inman, Va., residents pushed back.

An Appalachian Bookshelf

Featuring reviews of “Phenomenal” by Leigh Ann Henion, “Beautiful Land of the Sky” by Loren M. Wood, and “Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook” by John Schaeffer

Permit Renewal Raises Questions for Radford Arsenal

Air pollution concerns at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant spark a controversy in the New River Valley.

June/July 2015 - Columns

Solitude and Discovery at Zaleski State Forest

During Baby Josie’s first mountain hike, her parents took her on a 10-mile loop in southeast Ohio that wanders by a pond of lily pads, along ridgelines and through pine groves.

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Scientists Go to Bat for the Bats

Scientists engaged in the years-long battle against the devastating white-nose syndrome have found bright spots in the fight to protect bats from the disease.

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Caught red-handed! Or more accurately, red-beaked

Wood thrushes — and their appetite for bright-red ginseng berries — are helping the plant spread its range further north.

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Increasing Homeowner Access to Energy Savings

Financing programs are helping homeowners invest in upgrades that make residences more comfortable while lowering electric bills and reducing a home’s carbon footprint.

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William Dixon

The Eternal Optimist By Dac Collins William Dixon…

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Politics

Clean Power Plan Comes with Options and Opportunities

The federal Clean Power Plan is moving forward — and many states are moving forward with implementation plans — despite an unfriendly reception from many Appalachian politicians.

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