• Low Cost Environmental Summer Camp Invites New Campers, Counselors in June 2021

    Camp Waldo is an environmentally focused, nonprofit summer camp in southern West Virginia. It invites campers and counselors to apply to join us at for a three-week overnight camp from July 10-31. It welcomes any children, boys and girls, who are currently 3rd-7th graders. Camp is $200 for the entire three-week session, less than 10% of the actual […]

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  • Things get a little bit better for birds

    By John McFerrin             For a migratory bird, life is no picnic.  Many of them travel thousands of miles.  Even if they can escape natural predators and overcome exhaustion, they still have to avoid power lines, wind turbines, oil and gas ponds, etc. along the way.             Occasionally, however, there are bits of good news: Painting wind turbine blades […]

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  • Another Earth Day

    by Marion Harless          Wisconsin’s Senator Gaylord Nelson thought it would be wonderful to have a student led teach-in on the environment at the nation’s colleges and universities.  He put together a packet of environmental information and organizational aspects, made it available to interested schools and named Dennis Hayes as his lead student.  Dennis is still working at […]

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  • WV Senate Passes DEP-backed Bill Weakening Some Water Quality Standards

    By Mike Tony The West Virginia Senate has passed legislative rules on environmental protection that include a weakening of water quality standards for certain carcinogens, sending the rules bundle to Gov. Jim Justice for his signature. The rules package also strengthens some water quality standards and has been defended by the state environmental regulators who proposed them. […]

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  • Thoughts from our president

    Spring officially arrived on March 20 here in the highlands. As winter is fading away one finds evidence of the different stages of the annual transition, certainly an annual time of renewal. Trees at lower elevations are greening, but high on the ridge’s trees are still the stately statues of winter waiting for it to […]

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  • How Stands the Mountain Valley Pipeline?

    By John McFerrin             In planning the Mountain Valley Pipeline and getting the permits needed, its developers face a fundamental challenge:  the pipeline, as proposed, must cross 591 streams in West Virginia, not including the ones it must cross in Virginia.  Each of these requires approval from a regulatory agency.  There have been twists and turns along the way […]

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  • Legislative Semi-News

    A monthly publication such as The Highlands Voice is a lousy place to get legislative news.  This early in the session things change day to day.  Later on, they will be changing minute to minute.  With that understanding, here are some things that are going on (or not going on) in the West Virginia Legislature: Oil and gas tanks             When […]

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  • Through Our Native State

    By Lenore Coberly We drive down the Little Kanawha late in life, enfolded by green hills in spring leaf, at speed limits forty on curves, a constant in these parts.  At Dolly Sods we climb to see calypso orchids in deepest red and boulders piled across the top, the  heart of the world’s oldest mountains […]

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  • Ever wonder what’s the best way to offset your carbon footprint? There’s a website for that

    There are a number of places on the Internet where you can purchase “carbon offsets” by planting trees or other activities to take out of the atmosphere as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as you are responsible for putting into the atmosphere. Giving Green (www.givinggreen.earth) a nonprofit organization has rigorously investigated organizations that claim to provide […]

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  • From The West Virginia Hills

    by Lenore McComas Coberly;  reviewed by Cindy Rank A journey through a life well lived The song of Lenore McComas Coberly’s life is sung in brief stories that span some 95 years. Ever-delightful, always thought-provoking and sprinkled with kind humor, Lenore McComas Coberly comes to us once again with her gift for story telling in her […]

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