A Better Direction for Corridor H

By Hugh Rogers             Word came in early August that the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) was “re-starting” the disputed Parsons-to-Davis section of Corridor H. Questions would be answered at a public meeting at Blackwater Falls State Park on August 20.             Quick answer to Question No. 1: Still no Record of Decision, i.e., final go-ahead, [...]

Thoughts from our president

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Support for the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance – August 2018 to July 2019 In the Summer of 2018, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (WVHC) awarded a substantial grant to support the work of the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) in opposing unneeded natural gas pipeline projects through the Allegheny Highlands, with specific [...]

WV E-Council Determining Legislative Priorities for 2020

By Frank Young The WV Environmental Council (E-Council) is the lobbying group for the greater community of both large and small West Virginia environmental organizations.  Most of WV E-Council’s budget comes from its member groups’ financial support and is used to pay lobbyists to support E-Council’s legislative priorities.   Accordingly, every summer the E-Council surveys its member [...]

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Fall Review

Come join us for a weekend of fun, friendship and learning. When: Fri. 10/18,Sat.10/19 and Sun. 10/20 Where: Elk River Inn and Restaurant, Slatyfork, WV What: Outings, Programs, Panels and Fun Theme: Seeking a sustainable future for West Virginia We will visit a pipeline site and learn about the reconnaissance project and its successes.  We will talk [...]

Groups Challenge Mountain Valley Pipeline over Endangered Species

By John McFerrin             A coalition of environmental and citizen groups is challenging the findings of the Fish and Wildlife Service and how it determined that the Mountain Valley Pipeline would comply with the Endangered Species Act.            Background             The Endangered Species Act was enacted to protect and conserve endangered and threatened species and their habitats. Whenever any [...]

Report Looks at Pipeline Construction

Now that Virginia and West Virginia have had a year of major pipeline construction, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Trout Unlimited have prepared a report on how things are going. In a nutshell, it’s a mess. The pipelines             Although there are some other, smaller pipelines in Virginia and West Virginia, the report focuses on three [...]

Another Step Forward (we hope) for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

There have been more developments with the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Although it began in 1965 the Fund was not permanently authorized. Its authorization had to be periodically renewed.  It most recent lapsed in September, 2018, due to the partial government shutdown and other disputes.              Congressional action last spring authorized the fund permanently; t will no longer [...]

Climate Change Conference Coming Up

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, leading experts on the public health effects of global warming and climate change will discuss climate-related mental health impacts, heat wave deaths, respiratory diseases, epidemics, flooding, and more in a free public workshop program in Morgantown, West Virginia titled “Climate Change and Public Health: Addressing the Growing Crisis.” The program [...]

Conservancy Provides Scoping Comments on Forest Service’s Proposed Greenbrier Southeast Project

By Kent Karriker The Forest Service has proposed a new vegetation management project for a portion of the Monongahela National Forest called the Greenbrier Southeast project area. This project area is a 16,888-acre portion of the Greenbrier District.  It is located approximately 2 miles east of Bartow, WV, in Pocahontas County.  The project area covers part of the [...]

Four Coal, Chemical Companies Sued for Clean Water Act Violations

By Kate Mishkin One of Gov. Jim Justice’s family mines is violating the Clean Water Act and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, a coalition of environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed against Bluestone Coal Corporation, says the company is discharging pollutants into water near the Red Fox Surface Mine [...]

2,700+ Towers Update Lighting Systems, Saving Migratory Birds and Expenses

Over the past two years, thousands of communications tower operators have updated their lighting systems by turning off steady-burning (L-810) side-marker lights that attract birds and cause millions to die from collisions each year. (Flashing lights remain atop these towers, ensuring aviation safety.) Since 2016, more than 2,700 of about 13,900 tall towers have made [...]

Annual Membership Meeting!

Among the activities that will take place during the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Fall Review are the Annual Membership Meeting and the quarterly Board meeting. The Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Sunday, October 20th at the location indicated for the WVHC fall review. The Board meeting will follow immediately afterward. The [...]

North Carolina Citizens Try New Approach in Opposing Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Citizen groups in North Carolina are trying a new tactic in their opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  They contend that conditions have changed so that North Carolina must now reconsider its 401 Certification. Activities such as filling a stream or a wetland, crossing a stream or a wetland, etc. require a permit under the Clean [...]

Songbirds Helping Spread Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

Hemlock wooly adelgid, a tiny insect pest, was discovered in the western United States in the 1920s and was first observed in the East in the early 1950s near Richmond, Virginia, perhaps having traveled on nursery plants from Japan.  The hemlock wooly adelgid is a serious invasive I the East and it now can be found [...]