Forest Service Approves (almost) Atlantic Coast Pipeline

United States Forest Service has made a draft decision to allow the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Monongahela National Forest and the George Washington National Forest.  That it is only a draft decision means that this is what the Forest Service has pretty much made up its mind to do. It will receive objections [...]

Glancing back, just once more

This will be one last look back at fifty years of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy; this time decade by decade.  What were we doing 10 years ago, 20 years ago, and earlier?  In addition to our wonderful 40-year history book by Dave Elkinton ---mine’s getting pretty tattered--- another great resource for memories is our [...]

Board Highlights

We had the usual business stuff: treasurer’s report (keeping our head above water, paying our bills), membership report (a few more members than at the last report), Voice Editor’s report (we need more stories) and webmaster’s report (we are almost entirely recovered from the hack of our site). One of the best parts was the [...]

FERC Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the related Supply Header Project.  While this is not the final approval of the project, it is a big step forward toward final approval. The Environmental Impact Statement was prepared to comply with the National Environmental [...]

Hiking the Hemlocks at Cathedral State Park

By John McFerrin For big trees, or at least big Hemlock trees, it’s Cathedral State Park.  It is the largest virgin timber tract remaining in West Virginia.  Although there were some other species, it is dominated by Hemlock trees, big ones up to 120 feet tall and 21 feet in circumference.  They are also old; [...]

Annual Meeting!

Among the activities that will take place during the 50th Anniversary Celebration is the Annual Membership Meeting of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.   The Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Canaan Valley State Resort Park. The main item of business at the Annual Membership Meeting will [...]

The Mountain

By Teresa Dudley Look up at the mountain Its spires reach toward God Reminding man to pray Hills swathed in trees, Green fingers pointing upward Valleys, rushing streams, roaring waterfalls Unchanging, lasting forever Its beauty and power awes Then came man, his eyes coveted the mountain His greed bored great chasms in its side Searching [...]

Help Improve the Hiking Guide!!!! Win a Prize!!!!

We are working on a new edition of The Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide.  To do it, we need your help.  The Guide describes nearly 200 U.S. Forest Service trails (800 miles total).  Inevitably, some have changed since our last edition was published ten years ago.  Do you know of trail descriptions in the 8th [...]

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act: at best a Mixed Blessing

By John McFerrin This month is the 40th anniversary of the federal regulation of strip mining. On August 3rd, 1977, in a White House Rose Garden ceremony, President Carter signed the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.  A round number anniversary is as good a time as any to look at how the Act has [...]

Video Worth Watching

In the June, 2017, issue of The Highlands Voice, Beth Little did a story on a project designed to do effective reclamation on an old strip mine that had been poorly reclaimed, if at all.  Now there is a mini (6 minutes) movie of the project.  You can see what it looks like, hear some [...]