Jay Leutze got his law degree from the University of North Carolina, but he decided not to practice law.
Instead, he moved to his family’s cabin on Yellow Mountain in the Roan Highlands – an area famous in geological circles for its rare grassy balds.
“Grassy balds are openings that are not above the tree line, but were not created by man, so they’re open pastures,” he explains. “We believe that they were kept open by wooly mammoths, then bison and elk, and then when European settlers came in, they were kept open by grazing cattle.”
On the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied outside the Richmond headquarters of Dominion Virginia Power.
The protestors say the Fukushima experience shows that the risk of disaster at nuclear facilities is far too great to keep operating them. They’re calling on Dominion to close its North Anna and Surry nuclear power stations—and instead use wind, solar, and other renewable resources.
The Fukushima site is still so radioactive that it will be eight years before the melted nuclear fuel can be removed.
A female bald eagle has been released in the Northern Neck of Virginia after recovering from injuries. Onlookers came for a variety of reasons, some quite personal.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia has become famous for patching up injured bald eagles. A team from the center arrived at the Rappahannock River Wildlife Refuge to an exuberant crowd anxious to witness the bird’s flight back to freedom.
Climate change is forcing some Virginians to consider a move. Coastal areas and islands like Tangiers are losing land as the sea rises, flooding is more frequent, and hurricanes could be more dangerous than ever. But for one Virginia couple, natural disasters are no deterrent. They’ve chosen to live in one of the riskiest places on Earth, on Hawaii's big island, about 3 miles from Pu’u’o’o - a volcanic crater that’s been oozing lava for the last 30 years.