• Wilderness Stewards Tackle Fall Crowds

    By Dave Johnston The last week of September and first two weeks of October are prime time in Dolly Sods. Although climate change appears to be causing the peak of fall colors to occur later, historically the last weekend of September heralds the onset of the brilliant color season in the northern West Virginia Highlands. […]

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  • Dogs, Birds, Bats, and the Shoenfeld Estimator

    By John McFerrin             For various reasons operators of industrial wind turbines seek to know the number of birds and bats that are killed by the turbines.  Some studies are done as part of academic research; some are done to meet some regulatory or permitting requirement; some are done as part of studies to make the turbines […]

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  • Coal mine Special Reclamation–What problem? Where?

    Cindy Rank If there ever was a robust program on paper that was more like swiss cheese in practice, look no further than the West Virginia coal mine bonding program. Untold numbers of articles in the Highlands Voice over the years have explained West Virginia Highlands Conservancy’s (WVHC) role in multiple attempts to plead with, cajole, and […]

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  • MVP — Many Voices Protest

    By Cindy Rank Developers (Dominion) of the previously canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) are currently considering how to reclaim the abandoned areas of its now defunct plans for its giant gas pipeline that would have run through WV, VA and North Carolina – i.e., whether or not to leave the already-buried pipe in the ground, […]

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  • Wilderness Stewards Gird for Fall, Solitude Monitoring

    By Dave Johnston Fall is the busiest part of the busy season in the West Virginia highlands, and Dolly Sods is always at the center of the storm. People come from far and wide to take in the vast fields of scarlet blueberry and huckleberry leaves amidst the boulders of Bear Rocks. Many venture into […]

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  • Antennas on Hanging Rock

    By Cynthia Ellis Where Do They Go? “Have a nice trip!”  That’s a silly something that we birders would sometimes call out to migrating raptors in September as we watched them zip, soar, or glide past us at the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory in Monroe County.  And if visitors asked where the birds DID go, we answered […]

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  • Save the date!

    Fall Review and Annual Meeting on Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31, 2021 The theme of this year’s Fall Review is Climate Change.  Although plans are preliminary, on Saturday we hope and expect to have speakers to talk about: energy policy,  our work with the Conservation Hub and  Dolly Sods Stewards Program, and  keynote speaker […]

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  • Thoughts from our president

    September is here and once again we will see the spectacular annual transformation of the mountains to the vibrant shades of orange, yellow, and red. It is very interesting to read what causes the transformation at https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/fallleaves.html. For many this is their favorite time of year. Once again, I want to extend my thanks to our members […]

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  • “Finish It!” – But How?

    By Hugh Rogers              “Corridor H—Finish It!” say the faded blue stickers on more than a few trucks around here. The stickers are old but the message still lives. In June, Senator Joe Manchin introduced the “Finish the ADHS Act”. ADHS stands for Appalachian Development Highway System, a sixty-year-old concept whose time may have come for […]

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  • DEP levies $51K fine for Mountaineer XPress Pipeline water pollution violations

    By Mike Tony  West Virginia environmental regulators have again fined the operator of the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline for water pollution violations. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has assessed Columbia Gas Transmission a $51,560 penalty for violations dating back to July 2020, adding to the TC Energy subsidiary’s history of environmental violations that predates the pipeline’s […]

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