• Mining Declining

    This chart from the United States Energy Information Administration graphically shows the decline in coal production in the United States.  It shows a 24% decrease from 2019 to 2020.  The change is even more dramatic in West Virginia.  Other data from the same agency (not shown on this graph) shows that West Virginia had a 28% decrease in […]

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  • Board Highlights

    By John McFerrin For the last time in what we hope will be a long time, we popped into our Zoom boxes for the regular summer meeting of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Board of Directors.   The highlight was that we got to meet our new Program Director, Cory Chase. He has a long job […]

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  • Meet the New Guy!

    A self-introduction by Cory Chase Hello Highlands Voice readers! My name is Cory Chase and I was recently hired as the new Program Director for the WV Highlands Conservancy (WVHC). I’m very excited to join this group and its network of organizations that do the hard work to preserve and protect WV’s natural resources for […]

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  • The Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Now What Happens?

    By John McFerrin             In July, 2021, the developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced that they were cancelling the project.  Depending on one’s point of view, there was joy, jubilation, weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth, or some combination.             While there was shouting, it’s not all over.  There remain the questions of what happens to the parts that […]

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  • Changes Coming to Endangered Species Act Implementation

    Congress enacted the Endangered Species Act in 1973 to provide for the conservation of endangered and threatened fish, wildlife, plants and their natural habitats   Under the Act, agencies are required to insure that any action “is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or […]

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  • The History of the World

                 Keeping watch  on the summer skies,        the lolling clouds, the rising curls of        sidewalk heat,      I might hold in mind    that a scant three years ago,       up in the ascending ground           of those western wooded purple distances,             I sloshed around in the Red Creek,                 its dark rusty stain of dissolved tannins                    encircling my ankles,                      its […]

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  • Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards are at the trailheads

    By Dave Johnston During July the Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards project hit the ground with a running start. In partnership with the Monongahela National Forest (MNF), WVHC is organizing volunteers to address issues challenging the wilderness values of Dolly Sods and surrounding areas. The first and most visible element, the Wilderness Trailhead Stewards, has kicked […]

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  • Big Fun at Camp Waldo!

    “Hi Ho!  Hi Ho!  It’s off to camp we go!” That’s what they sang at Camp Waldo in Summers County this year and they had a great time!  You may remember that we shared word of this new camp in the February 2020 issue of The Highlands Voice, and one of our two articles that explained our WVHC […]

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  • Mountain Valley Pipeline Hits a Big Snag

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recommended a permit the Mountain Valley Pipeline needs to cross streams and wetlands in West Virginia be denied.              Under the Clean Water Act, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is required to have a permit to cross streams and wetlands.  The United States Army Corps of Engineers has the authority to […]

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  • What Are Synchronous Fireflies?

    Fireflies (also called lightning bugs) are beetles. Most of their lifecycle is spent in the larval stage (1-2 years), where they feed on snails, worms, and smaller insects in the leaf litter on the forest floor. Once they mature into the adult form, they only live for about 3-4 weeks and many do not feed. […]

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