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Elk viewing is to be improved in the Virginia mountains. Read more

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Chestnut Leaves

Erik Gerhardt

Almost 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest officially became part of America’s protected wilderness on March 12, when the president signed into law a package of wilderness bills totaling 1.7 million acres nationwide. Read more

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The Canaan Valley of West Virginia is home to some 580 plant species. Read more

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Linn Cove Viaduct

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The Blue Ridge Parkway’s signature structure, the Linn Cove Viaduct, helps lure visitors. Read more

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Locke Ogens

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Locke Ogens, director of The Nature Conservancy in Virginia, on protecting that state’s highest-conservation-value lands: “This is a smart approach.” Read more

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Cherokee County farm gains easement. Read more

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But should lands be restored to accommodate the big cats? Read more

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Scenic sunrise, Dolly Sods, West Virginia

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Almost 1,200 acres of the unique landscape of the Dolly Sods and Canaan Valley region have been purchased by The Nature Conservancy. Read more

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Kent Mason

And in West Virginia, a stretch of the Wild Cheat River is made a wildlife management area. Read more

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It will be the most extensive survey of the 2,180-mile trail in its 90-year history. Read more

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Erin Savage

Plus: White House Salutes Youth Effort, Southern Appalachian wilderness stewards recognized for programs engaging young people in conservation initiatives and more. Read more

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Deer

Joanna Pecha

The white-tail, a part of Indian life for centuries, had been hunted to near-extinction in western North Carolina. Read more

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Grassy Ridge Property

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Also, a 601-acre, 6,000-foot-elevation tract near Roan Mountain is protected. Read more

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Grazing Elk

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Hundreds of people turned out for public hearings held by the Corps of Engineers in October in Appalachia as the agency considers a major change in how it permits mountaintop removal coal mining... Read more

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Mountaintop removal mining is still in the courts, and the hemlock woolly adelgid is moving faster than thought; elsewhere, wind farms, a new conservation easement and air pollution legislation are coming into being. Read more

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