Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region
The new regulation, which took effect in July, aims to reduce poaching and mitigate turtle population decline from habitat loss.
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.
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.
A bill currently in the North Carolina legislature would declare the tiny Linville Caverns spider an official state symbol.
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.
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.
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.
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, established in December 2020, is West Virginia's first national park.
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.
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.
As Tennessee continues its battle against invasive Asian carp, environmentalists say plans to erect new barriers to stop the carp from entering the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are a step in the right direction.
A coalition of West Virginia lawmakers and civil-rights groups are calling on state legislators to also oust and disbar Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for participating in what they're calling "un-American" efforts to disenfranchise voters in the presidential election.
The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust established the Warbler Ridge Preserve in December, forming a nearly 2,500-acre protected area on Pine Mountain.
In September, a Dominion Energy contractor illegally dumped mud across state lines in a West Virginia stream. Authorities continue to investigate and clean up the site.
The Art Appalachia: 2020 exhibit features various works from 36 artists across nine states within Appalachia. Though the medium, subjects and inspiration are all different, each piece is bound to the one next to it by an essence unique to the region.