Spring 2024

Special annual print edition

Want to help us spread the word? Contact outreach@appvoices.org to request copies mailed to you. We'll send individual copies just for you, or send more to share with friends or at your favorite coffee shop or library.

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Paddling for Her Life

On July 7, Ann Rose, a 57-year-old off-grid farmer and activist based in Lansing, North Carolina, is embarking on a nearly 2,000-mile solo paddle trip to raise awareness of the water woes affecting the region, which are linked to climate change.

Real Stories of the Rural Energy for America Program

Dive into these stories of Appalachian entrepreneurs and farmers leveraging the Rural Energy for America Program to build a greener future for their communities.


Other Top Stories From Spring 2024

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Seven Geological Wonders of Appalachia

The Appalachian Mountains are abundant with magnificent natural wonders. Here’s a sampling of stunning geological features within the region.

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A Conversation with Archbishop Marcia Dinkins

Archbishop Marcia Dinkins, founder of the Black Appalachian Coalition, talks about creating the space for voices that have often been unheard to be heard.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline Safety Issues Continue

The recent failure of a section of pipe during testing has heightened residents’ long-standing concerns about deteriorated pipe and rushed construction putting their safety at risk.

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‘Every Stick:’ SWVA Biochar Uses Local Waste to Create Quality Soil

A Southwest Virginia company’s biochar product is carbon-negative and has applications in agriculture.

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The Peoples’ Protector

From fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline to building a community garden, protecting people is at the heart of Crystal Mello’s work.

Residents Across Five States Benefit From Local Air Quality Monitoring

Through the Upper South and Appalachia Citizen Air Monitoring Project, community members and organizations are collecting data about local air quality.

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Changes for MVP Southgate Pipeline are Part of a Web of Proposed Methane Gas

“Families and farmers are being asked to sacrifice land, health and peace of mind for projects that are less reliable and affordable than renewables,” said Ridge Graham of Appalachian Voices.

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Concerns Over Proposed Cumberland Methane Plant and Pipeline

The Tennessee Valley Authority and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company push ahead with plans for the Cumberland Pipeline amid concerns for the environment, property and public safety.

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WV Companies Deploying Federal Manufacturing and Clean Energy Incentives

Four West Virginia school districts welcomed West Virginia-made electric school buses, and an old machine shop is being transformed into a center for advanced manufacturing.

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How McDowell County, West Virginia, is Addressing its Decades-old Water Problems

Federal funding and an innovative nonprofit program are key resources McDowell County, West Virginia is using to correct its decades-old problem with access to clean drinking water.

Spring 2024 - Columns

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Views and Brews

There’s nothing better than some time on the trail followed by a smooth cup of java or something with a little kick. Enjoy this carefully crafted list of the perfect pairings.

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Why Appalachia’s Spotted Skunk is so Rare

The eastern spotted skunk was not always as rare as it is today. Find out what researcher Emily Thorne has learned about this master of malodor.

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Lowering Costs for Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades

Tax credits and rebates can help homeowners make energy-efficient upgrades.

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Steadfast Support for Appalachian Voices  By Adam Wagner …

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