Corridor H Alternate Route is Back on The Table

By Hugh Rogers Last month, the Go North Alliance, an informal organization of statewide, regional, and local nonprofits, including the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, as well as Tucker County businesses [...]

Thoughts From Our President

By Marilyn Shoenfeld Another month has flown by, and we are heading into fall. We have all been busy. The Legislative Committee is developing a set of legislative priorities for [...]

Blending Recreation, History and Culture 

The Blackwater Industrial Complex Archaeological and Historic District contains a ten-mile stretch of the 1888 West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railway grade with bridges and culverts, the abandoned community of [...]

Part Two: Wilderness Trails

By Dave Johnston In the first part of this discussion, we explored the fact that while Wilderness is supposed to be “untrammeled” by humans and evidence of our temporary presence [...]

The Scourge of Eagles: Lead Shot

By Cindy Ellis "Have you seen the Bald Eagle?"  That is the question posed more and more often to me as I've birded for decades across West Virginia and the [...]

Meet the Recipients of the Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards Service Awards

By Olivia Miller In May, seven volunteers were recognized for their dedication and participation in all of the main projects conducted by the Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards in 2022. Frank and [...]

The Highlands Conservancy’s Contributions to Wilderness

By George E. Beetham Jr Before the coming of European explorers and settlers, all of the land in what is now West Virginia was wilderness. Much of the land defied [...]

Fourth Circuit and the MVP: That’s the Ballgame

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Gives Up Jurisdiction of Mountain Valley Pipeline Cases By John McFerrin The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has dismissed the last [...]

Residents Raise Alarm Over Aging and Deteriorating Pipes Along Mountain Valley Pipeline

By Olivia Miller Pipes that have been sitting exposed to the elements since the early days of construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have caused residents and environmental groups to [...]

­WV Highlands Fall Review: What’s Up With Your Water?

Our bodies average about 60% water. The exact amount varies with age, gender, and fat content, but that’s the average: 40% other stuff and 60% water. So, what we do [...]

Water Data Collection Efforts by Citizen Scientists Already Paying Dividends

By Susan Rosenblum Stream water quality data that has been collected by a dozen dedicated citizen scientists over the past 12 months will soon be added to the Conservation Hub [...]

A No-Cost Service To Help Control Erosion

Friends of the Cheat is seeking property owners interested in complimentary tree plantings in riparian areas (the areas directly next to a stream or river) of their property. By planting [...]

National Public Lands Day

West Virginia’s public lands offer something for everyone. With 35 state parks, 116,090 acres of wilderness areas, and hundreds of miles of trails, the public lands surrounding us offer everyone the chance to connect [...]