Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region
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.
A recent study indicates that fire ants, an invasive species in Appalachia, are becoming acclimated to cooler conditions.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking citizen scientists to report sightings of firefly and woodland box turtles to aid research efforts.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking people to report sightings of the large aquatic salamanders to aid in conservation efforts.
Gov. Ralph Northam permanently established the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice in March.
In June, Kentucky announced about $4.7 million in grants to fund 78 recycling, composting and household hazardous waste projects.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources started a five-year restoration of the game species in March.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Residents of Paden City, W.Va., have dealt with chemical water pollution since at least March 2019.
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.
A recent report shows that the federal government and 30 states reduced funding for environmental agencies from 2008 to 2018.
The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to replace more than 9,600 highway lights with LED bulbs to increase visibility and energy efficiency.