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MOUNTAIN REPORT

Virginia Masters:
10 Years of Education
The volunteer naturalists have
contributed the equivalent to 250
years of full-time employment
dedicated to the land.
by Cathryn McCue

The Sandy Mush easement protects 265 acres
of North Carolina lands.

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AROUND THE REGION

AROUND THE REGION

NORTH CAROLINA

VIRGINIA

WEST VIRGINIA

Two species of crayfish
in Appalachia whose
habitats are impacted
by road building, mining and other land-disturbing activities could
be protected under the
Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed
listing as "endangered"
the Big Sandy crayfish,
with just four known
populations in Kentucky, West Virginia and
Virginia, and the Guyandotte River crayfish,
found at a single site in
West Virginia. If listed,
federal agencies would
be required to prevent
harming the crayfish
and their stream habitat.
biologicaldiversity.org

Although coal is declining in Appalachia, a destructive form of mining called mountaintop
removal continues, and
has been moving even
closer to communities
in recent years, according to a new website
developed by Appalachian Voices. Analyzing
satellite imagery and a
variety of other data, the
group found more than
3,000 communities with
surface mining within a
mile radius, and identified the 50 communities that are most at risk
based on rates of mine
expansion, population
loss, poverty and other
socio-economic factors.
CommunitiesAtRisk.org

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has completed two
important conservation
easements totaling 373
acres that protect scenic
views, healthy forests including one stand with
300-year old trees, rich
agricultural lands, and
critical headwaters of the
French Broad River. The
landowners of the 265acre Icy Cliff Knob tract
in the Little Sandy Mush
community accepted a
greatly reduced price for
their land, and the owners of the 108-acre Early
View tract donated their
land just off Big Sandy
Mush Creek.
appalachian.org

This year marks the 10th
anniversary of the Virginia Master Naturalists program-and its
accomplishments so far
are impressive: 3,500
trained volunteers have
contributed
526,583
hours of service, equivalent to roughly 250
years of full-time employment, valued at almost $12.4 million. Each
volunteer
naturalist
reaches an average of 70
youths and adults each
year through education
and projects, including installing bluebird
houses, counting monarch butterflies, yanking
invasive weeds, and caring for more than 2,500
acres of public lands.
virginiamasternatural
ist.org

After more than a year
of environmental violations at a mountaintopremoval mine adjacent
to Kanawha State Forest,
West Virginia regulators have shut the mine
down. The state issued
a permit last year to the
400-acre mine over the
objections of neighbors and several citizen
groups who use the public forest for recreation.
The state had identified
various problems at the
mine, including failure
to meet monitoring and
sampling requirements
and exceeding blasting
and water quality discharge limits.
kanawhaforestcoali
tion.org

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http://www.appalachian.org http://www.kanawhaforestcoalition.org http://www.biologicaldiversity.org http://www.CommunitiesAtRisk.org http://www.kanawhaforestcoalition.org http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org

Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015

The Family Farm is Alive and Well in the Virginia Mountains
7 States of Mountain Treks, Complete with a Beer or Wine Stop
The Photo Essay: Autumn Beauty
Wendell Scott Gets His Due
Weekend: Where the North Carolina and Tennessee Mountains Rub Shoulders
Chillin’ in Chattanooga
Charlottesville to Charleston aboard Amtrak
Great Tastes of the West Virginia Panhandle
Cavender Cabins: Enjoy the North Georgia Woods
From the Editor
Letters / Worth a Click
Mill Creek Stories
The Hike
Creature Feature
Mountain Report
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Country Roads
Festivals & Events
Singing in the Garden
Guest Column: Liz Belcher
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - B1
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - B2
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Letters / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 16
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - The Family Farm is Alive and Well in the Virginia Mountains
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 7 States of Mountain Treks, Complete with a Beer or Wine Stop
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - The Photo Essay: Autumn Beauty
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 35
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Wendell Scott Gets His Due
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Weekend: Where the North Carolina and Tennessee Mountains Rub Shoulders
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Chillin’ in Chattanooga
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Charlottesville to Charleston aboard Amtrak
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Great Tastes of the West Virginia Panhandle
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 56
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Cavender Cabins: Enjoy the North Georgia Woods
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Singing in the Garden
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2015 - Guest Column: Liz Belcher
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