A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern 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.


Fire Ants Adjust to Higher Elevations

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

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


Seen a Hellbender? Tell the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking people to report sightings of the large aquatic salamanders to aid in conservation efforts.


Virginia Commits to Environmental Justice Council

Gov. Ralph Northam permanently established the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice in March.


Kentucky Awards $4.7 Million in Environmental Grants

In June, Kentucky announced about $4.7 million in grants to fund 78 recycling, composting and household hazardous waste projects.


West Virginia Reintroduces Northern Bobwhite Quail to State

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


Monacan Nation Opposes Water Utility Development at Historic Site

Update: July 20, 2020 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extended the comment period for the water infrastructure permit at the historic Rassawek site until June 7, 2020. More than 12,000 comments were filed against the James River Water Authority’s


Tennessee Extends Mercury Advisory for Nolichucky Fish

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued a warning in January against eating certain fish in parts of the Nolichucky River due to mercury contamination.


Senate Bill Would Expand Virginia Wilderness

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act in January, which would increase two wilderness areas in Bath County, Va., by 5,600 acres.


NC Litter-Free Coalition Pays Youth for Trash Cleanup

An anti-litter group in Murphy, N.C., partnered with dozens of local businesses and individuals to pledge money to young people who fill trash bags with litter in Cherokee County.


Water Contamination in Paden City, W.Va.

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


Forest Service Pulls West Virginia Logging Project

In December, the U.S. Forest Service cancelled a 2,400-acre logging plan in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest after environmental groups challenged the project.


State Environmental Agencies See Cuts to Funding, Staffing

A recent report shows that the federal government and 30 states reduced funding for environmental agencies from 2008 to 2018.


New Lightbulbs Will Conserve Energy on VA Highways

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to replace more than 9,600 highway lights with LED bulbs to increase visibility and energy efficiency.