Environment http://wvtf.org en Elk Restoration in Southwest Virginia http://wvtf.org/post/elk-restoration-southwest-virginia <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Wildlife officials will introduce more elk to far Southwestern Virginia later this week to help re-establish a herd there. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elk were a popular attraction in far Southwestern Virginia during the early </span>1800s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> but they were hunted into extinction by the time of the Civil War. &nbsp;The restoration effort to bring elk back is entering its third and final year. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:07:49 +0000 Beverly Amsler 19564 at http://wvtf.org Elk Restoration in Southwest Virginia Speaking for the Trees: Old Growth Forests in Virginia http://wvtf.org/post/speaking-trees-old-growth-forests-virginia <p>An article in the scientific journal “Nature” recently concluded that the oldest trees in the forest grow faster and pull more carbon out of the air than young trees do. Today, ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the original old growth forest is in the U.S. is gone, but activists are working to preserve what’s left.&nbsp; An organization called “The Old Growth Forest Network” is looking to certify one in every county. &nbsp;In some Virginia counties, that won't be possible.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:01:59 +0000 Robbie Harris 19133 at http://wvtf.org Speaking for the Trees: Old Growth Forests in Virginia West Virginia Water Doesn't Pass the Smell Test http://wvtf.org/post/west-virginia-water-doesnt-pass-smell-test <p></p><p>Scientists at Virginia Tech say a chemical that contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia early this year, is more complex than previously known.&nbsp; A new study may explain why a telltale smell persists, after officials declared the water safe to drink, more than two months ago.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Robbie Harris 18991 at http://wvtf.org West Virginia Water Doesn't Pass the Smell Test Environmentalists Keep an Eye on Virginia Company http://wvtf.org/post/environmentalists-keep-eye-virginia-company <p></p><p>Two years ago, the World Wildlife Fund issued a surprising plea -- urging consumers to take care when buying toilet paper.&nbsp;</p><p>The organization claimed a company called Asia Pulp and Paper was destroying rainforest to make pulp for cheap bathroom tissue manufactured here in Virginia by a subsidiary called Mercury Paper.&nbsp;</p><p>Since then, APP has promised not to cut down rainforest trees, and last week Governor Terry McAuliffe showed up to praise the firm, but environmentalists are skeptical.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:28:51 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18996 at http://wvtf.org Environmentalists Keep an Eye on Virginia Company Meet the Osprey http://wvtf.org/post/meet-osprey <p></p><p>One sign of spring is the return of ospreys from their winter grounds in South America to their home on the Chesapeake Bay.&nbsp; Some of the birds are now on their way to Virginia.</p><p></p><p>The 2,200 mile trip takes about two weeks for the osprey, also called fish hawks.&nbsp; The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been tracking four birds for nearly a year-since they last arrived on the Bay.&nbsp; Spokesman John Rodenhausen says Woody and Nick are already on their way back; the other two birds have yet to begin their trip.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:59:21 +0000 Beverly Amsler 18992 at http://wvtf.org Meet the Osprey