• Dark Skies over Watoga

    By Louanne Fatora  Editor’s note: The Watoga State Park Foundation is in the middle of an effort to have Watoga State Park and the adjacent Calvin Price State Forest designated as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association.   Here one of its Board members talks about the process.  The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy has written a […]

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  • Thoughts from our president

    The Conservancy is very excited to welcome Cory Chase our Program Director. Cory will be working with the board and its committee chairs as well as our partner organizations providing support and assistance as we continue to tackle the various projects and issues that WVHC has been working on to, as we say on our […]

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  • Congress Begins to Shape Climate Policy

    By Perry Bryant, Climate Committee Chairman             There are going to be many twists and turns in the Congressional battle over climate policy. And anything I write might be slightly outdated by the time you have an opportunity to read this. But here’s where things are at the beginning of August, and what you can do […]

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  • Mountain Valley Pipeline Poses Threats to Trout Streams

    By Randy Kesling A saying among anglers is that trout don’t live in ugly places – a nice reminder of what we love about West Virginia and the cold, clear, clean, fishable waters of our mountain home. WV has but one native trout species, the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) which is designated as WV’s official […]

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  • Conservation Hub Takes Flight

    By Dan Shaffer  In August of last year, shortly after the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) announced the launch of a new program: the Conservation Hub. Building on the experience and success of the Compliance Surveillance Initiative, or CSI, a monitoring and enforcement program that targeted the Atlantic Coast […]

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  • Wheeling University Remembers Ben Stout

    By Cindy Rank For those who knew Ben Stout, or worked with him, or heard about him, or read some of his research or court testimonies about the value of headwater streams and healthy water, here’s a bit of happy news – something we can all use these days. On June 18th family and friends gathered […]

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  • Walking-Wisdoms

    By Hugh Rogers             Less heart for long walks, more thoughts of walks taken. Some short quotes at the end of Duncan Minshull’s anthology, Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking, have tickled my memory. They might do the same for you. It is good to collect things, but better to go on walks. –Anatole France             Highlands Conservancy-sponsored […]

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  • Always

                                                    I can easily have a big whirl of being                                                      with the                                                         surge of crossed                                                             lanes of the stucky                                                                hissing whisk of afternoon tires,                                                                  so dogged eternal                                                 Or that reliable combusting rattle                                                   of compressor for the pogoing                                                      shattering jackhammer                                                       always down a street,                                                         down a street                                                           somewhere                                                                                                 And, yes, with                                                       the counterpoint –                                                          the afternoon busy […]

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  • Commenting on the Mountain Valley Pipeline

    Before the Mountain Valley Pipeline would be allowed to cross streams or wetlands in West Virginia, it would need a permit from the United States Corps of Engineers.  It had hopes that it could quality under what is called a Nationwide Permit.  This is a one size fits all approach in which all stream or wetlands crossings.  The […]

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  • Maury Johnson, Hero from the Holler

    By Cynthia D. Ellis There are many different ways of taking action to protect the West Virginia mountains.  We may know of the quiet work of those who labor at their computers and phones, and then too we know of the more readily visible volunteers who help with protests, marches, and actions of every kind.  Larry Gibson […]

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