Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

Loopers: Traversing the 'Appalachian Trail on Water'

Jun 28, 2016
Jim Brickett / Creative Commons

The Great Loop of the Eastern United States is like a safari, or sea-­fari if you will. There are bears, manatees, bald eagles and mountain lions all while boaters cruise through 6,000 miles of waterways. They travel the Atlantic up to Canada then to inland waterways, down to the Gulf Coast and back to the Atlantic. 

Virginia's State Parks Celebrate 80 Years

Jun 17, 2016
VDCR

You may have heard it’s the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System. What you may not know is that Virginia’s state parks are celebrating their own anniversary -- 80 years.

Virginia was the first state to open an entire system, 6 parks, in one day. 

In our region, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has aroused controversy.  So has another proposed natural gas line through Southwestern Virginia.  A new study takes a look at local costs of the pipeline that would stretch from West Virginia to a compressor station in southern Virginia. 

The gas companies behind the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline have estimated it would cost $3.5 billion to construct the 42-inch-wide pipe through eight counties along the Virginia/ West Virginia border.

Jessica Ausura

There is a route that starts on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 78-point-4 and runs to the James River in Arcadia. This 13 mile path is known among birders as Warbler Road.  May is migration and nesting season for birds and somewhat of a migration season for birders. Tab O'Neal reports from an unmarked road off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

For more information about Warbler Road

AP Photo/Steve Helber

On Wednesday, Dominion will hold its annual meeting, and some observers expect fireworks, as activist shareholders propose changes in the way the company is run.  The push for more green power was launched by one woman who’s been crusading for years.  

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