Morris Creek: Reviving Creek for Community

Streams turned bright-orange from Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) are a common sight throughout the coalfields.  The orange is essentially iron that comes with the water flowing out of old mines and it often smothers aquatic life.  Mike King and other folks living along Morris Creek near Montgomery, WV, came together to see if they could […]

The Stickneys of Estill County: Landowners Are The Best Fertilizer

Jack and Teresa Stickney with their son Caleb are revitalizing an old Kentucky homestead near the Red River. The Stickneys grow and market shitake mushrooms as well as lead workshops on their use. They also participate in the Appalachian Carbon Partnership — they manage their woodlands in a sustainable manner, thereby sequestering carbon in their […]

Building Back a Forest

In Appalachia, the total area of surface mined land is estimated to be around 1.5 million acres.   Much of this land is non-forested and unused.  But the American Chestnut Foundation and Green Forest Works are two organizations developing an innovative approach — planting hardwood trees including the threatened American Chestnut — for making these vast […]

Clinch River Protection to Boost Local Economy

Though we often hear in the coalfields that job creation and environmental protection are two things that cant happen at the same time, a growing coalition of individuals and organizations believes that the Clinch River, €”one of the most biodiverse river systems in North America, €”could itself be the backbone of a brand-new economy in […]