Candy Darters Caught in the Crossroads 

By Olivia Miller On January 10, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy joined Appalachian Voices, the Center for Biological Diversity, Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Kanawha Forest Coalition, and the Sierra Club [...]

Thoughts From Our President 

The month of January brought one of the most incredible snowstorms in recent memory to the West Virginia highlands. So far, Canaan Valley has seen 103.5 inches of snowfall. I [...]

2024 WV Legislative Update 

By Luanne McGovern, WVHC Legislative Committee Chair The 87th West Virginia Legislature started their 60-day session on January 10, 2024. So far, almost 2,000 bills have been introduced, outpacing last year’s [...]

WVHC Comments to Public Service Commission in Support of Solar Power in West Virginia 

By John McFerrin The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy has made formal comments to the West Virginia Public Service Commission on the proposal to change the way it credits homeowners for [...]

West Virginia Looses Veteran Environmental Movement Organizer

Shortly after midnight on January 16, 2024, Norm Steenstra, Jr, a founder of West Virginia’s environmental movement, passed away at his home in Charleston, at the age of 72. Mr. [...]

Some Bright Spots in an Otherwise Rough West Virginia Legislative Session

By Quenton King West Virginia is rough in the winter, and not just because of the cold. Since I moved back to the state in 2020, the culture war has [...]

Sacrifices at the Altar of King Coal

By Robert Beanblossom West Virginians have always worshipped at the altar of King Coal. Even today when the industry contributes so little to the overall economy and when there are [...]

West Virginia’s Longest Hiking Trail Needs Volunteers

West Virginia Scenic Trails Association (WVSTA) held its Allegheny Trail interest meeting at Big Sandy Brews in early January. The Allegheny Trail is West Virginia’s longest hiking trail.  At more [...]

The Reclamation (for Jeff)

There will come a dawnwhen, like trees in June, the Appalachian people will reclaim what can only so long be denied. On that morn dew will soften the moonand up from dark [...]

Volunteer Opportunities with WVHC

Are you passionate about environmental conservation and eager to contribute your skills and time towards positive change?  The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy invites you to be an active part of [...]

January 2024 Board Highlights

By John McFerrin The January 2024 Board meeting featured a new Board member, an expanded role for our Membership and Operations secretary, and reports on what our various committees are [...]