• The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in West Virginia, Edited by Richard S. Bailey and Casey B. Rucker

    Reviewed by Cynthia D. Ellis It’s here!  The long awaited second edition of the West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas has arrived!   Since the first ever breeding bird atlas in the world was published in England in 1970, West Virginia birders have known they wanted to census our birds too—to survey what species nest here and in […]

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  • Overseeing the Overseers

    By Cindy Rank In 2011 the WV Highlands Conservancy and WV Rivers Coalition successfully sued the state regulatory agency, WV Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), to require them to assume responsibility for treating water at a number of bond forfeiture sites across the state. One of those sites was the Greendale site in Clay and […]

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  • What’s afoot with Turkeyfoot

    By Cindy Rank As noted in the April issue of the Voice, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) approved a surface mine permit for the Republic Energy (formerly Alpha Metallurgical, formerly Contura Energy, formerly Alpha Natural Resources, formerly Massey) Turkeyfoot mine planned for Clear Fork in Raleigh County. The Turkeyfoot permit encompasses 1,085+ acres of […]

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  • Pipeline Inspectors

    By Cindy Rank Failing to get approval of the more general Nationwide 404 Clean Water Act permit to allow Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP) stream crossing activities, the company has reapplied for permission via the more exacting individual permit procedure which requires not only approval from the Corps, but also requires the state to certify that […]

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  • What YOU have done and what YOU can personally do to slow climate change and temperature rise

    By Jeff Witten and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Climate Change Committee WV Mountaineers are resourceful and resilient: “Ask not what others can do to slow climate change – ask what YOU can personally do.” Good news, since 2007 total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have steadily decreased; progress has been made.  A small increase in 2018 and […]

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  • Thoughts from our president

    Summer has arrived and during June there were many severe storms with heavy rains here in the highlands. It is fantastic to see the transition of the trees that have leafed out in their different shades of green, wildflowers blooming everywhere in so many colors and wildlife mothers (birds and animals) raising a new generation, […]

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  • Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards Project Kicks Off

    By Dave Johnston With the signing of a partnership agreement between the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (WVHC) and the Monongahela National Forest (MNF), the long-planned project to address the impacts of increased visitation at Dolly Sods Wilderness is off the ground. Under the partnership, dubbed Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards, WVHC will provide volunteers for activities […]

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  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs, Something Wicked This Way Comes

    The 2021 session of the West Virginia Legislature provided a lot of indications of the enthusiasm in the body for allowing off-road vehicles on public lands in West Virginia.  There were eight bills introduced that would allow or encourage such activity.  In addition there were two resolutions.        None of the bills passed.  That there were so many introduced […]

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  • Worried yet?

    As if widespread drought, mass extinctions, more severe storms, etc. were not sufficient cause for concern, a study by Duke University recently reported that the concentrations of carbon dioxide that lead to climate change also cause poison ivy to become more prolific.  The effect on poison ivy is greater than that on other woody species.  The increased […]

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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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