• Board Highlights

    By John McFerrin             Once again the Board members (and a couple of their cats) climbed into their little Zoom boxes for the quarterly Board meeting.  We are thinking that this may be the last Zoom Board meeting for a while and that it may be safe to meet in person at the next one, scheduled for […]

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  • They’re back!

    By John McFerrin        Brood X of the seventeen year cicadas will be emerging in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia in late May.          This is happening only in the eastern panhandle and not all of West Virginia because there are different broods of cicadas that are in different parts of the Eastern United States.  In 2016 […]

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  • New Climate Goal for the US, Will Others Follow?

    On Earth Day, President Biden announced a new United States goal for meeting our obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement. The United States will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 50 to 52% by 2030. Regretfully, China and India, the world’s largest and third largest emitters of carbon dioxide, did not announce new goals for […]

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  • Methane

    Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, trapping heat in the atmosphere 30 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year time frame. But unlike carbon dioxide that can impact the atmosphere for hundreds of years, methane breaks down in about a decade. That means reductions in methane today will have climate benefits in 2031, something […]

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  • Conservancy Votes to Support Climate Change Legislation

    By Perry Bryant             In late March, President Biden proposed an infrastructure initiative that included major provisions addressing the climate crisis. Central to the President’s proposal on climate reform is a clean energy standard requiring electrical utilities to generate with 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Clean energy are energy sources that do not emit carbon […]

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  • Spring

    Tree buds a bloomin Spring is a zoomin To turn the world green The leaves will be poppin There just ain’t no stoppin That photosynthetic scene Tree roots are a suckin Ground water that’s been truckin From the surface down into the ground Sap’s been a climbin Up tree trunks for primin Tiny leaves that […]

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  • An Initial Examination of National Forest Management Response to Endangered Species Listing of the Candy Darter

    By Rick Webb The candy darter is a brightly colored 2 to 3-inch fish of mountain streams in the Gauley and New River watersheds of Virginia and West Virginia. Streams that maintain the habitat requirements of the candy darter are now mostly limited to the upper reaches of its former range in relatively undisturbed forested […]

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  • Another sign of spring

    It must be spring; the woodpeckers are drumming.        Woodpeckers make two distinct types of sounds.  One is the irregular pecking, with a couple of thumps, a moment of silence, and then a few more pecks.  These are the working sounds; the woodpeckers make them when they are looking for bugs or excavating a nesting cavity.  The pauses come […]

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  • New Reporting on Fracking and Public Health

    By John McFerrin The Environmental Health News has announced the results of the effects of hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) on public health.  The results were dramatic. The goal of the reporting was to provide information on the effects of living near fracked wells.  Its core was the testing of families who lived near fracked wells.  It describes the […]

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  • Dolly Sods Project Moves Closer to Action

    The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Dolly Sods project is getting close to the point where we can begin calling for volunteers for the first phase of activity, which will be educating visitors at trailheads about wilderness principles and Leave No Trace practices. Look for an announcement and details about signing up in early to mid […]

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