Can Elk Help Build East Kentucky Economy?

In 1997, seven elk were released within eastern Kentucky’s 16 county Elk Restoration Zone, an area that includes Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Perry, Pike, and Whitley counties.  Since then, the elk have thrived and Kentucky now has the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi River […]

Collaboration is Key To Elkhorn City Eco-Tourism

Elkhorn City, nestled on the banks of the Russell Fork River and just down the mountain from Breaks Interstate Park on the Kentucky-Virginia border, was once a thriving tourist town as well as a railroad hub. Tim Belcher and Steve Ruth, volunteers with the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council, and Stephanie Richards from Artists Collaborative […]

Reclaiming KY River As A Community Resource

Architecture graduate Hazel Ryerson created a design for downtown Whitesburg, KY, that shows how cleaning our water could also create public spaces to re-connect us to our Appalachian waterways.

New Technology on the Clinch River

“Welcome to the Clinch! Even though this river may look tranquil and calm, did you know that you are actually floating one of the most bio-diverse rivers in all of North America?” And so begins the groundbreaking new virtual audio tour of the Clinch River.  A student-led citizen science initiative at UVA-Wise, the guided river […]