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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. 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.” more

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Cherokee County farm gains easement. more

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

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

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

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Joanna Pecha

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

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Deep in the Cherokee National Forest in east Tennessee lie more than 9,000 acres of towering poplars and oaks, mountain streams rushing headlong into waterfalls and the tiniest of wildflowers advertising nature's grandeur. more


Tennessee Wilderness

Cathryn McCue

A red eft –the juvenile stage of the Eastern newt– is all but hidden on the forest floor. Cat McCue and Jeff Hunter took a walk in the proposed new Wilderness area in east Tennessee. Here's a snapshot of what they saw as well as details on the bill: 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... more

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Lake Guntersville

Patty Tucker

Recent cycles of drought and deluge have brought water to the forefront of regional environmental issues. Here’s a look at the state of H2O in Appalachia. more

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Carvins Cove

Photo courtesy the Western Virginia Land Trust.

Sometimes the best ideas take the longest time to come to fruition. Just ask Rupert Cutler. A career environmental policy-maker and consummate negotiator, Cutler knows full well the gestation period for efforts to protect natural resources... more

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Ways you can do your part in water conservation. 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. more

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