You’ve probably seen it in your garden, along roadways, just about everywhere: Garlic Mustard. It’s an invasive plant that stealthily out-competes native species, threatening the diversity of forests in many parts of the country. But what if there were a recipe to change that?
They don’t call it garlic mustard for nothing. Rachel Collins is Associate Professor of Biology at Roanoke College.
“The chemical that it’s making that smells like garlic is one of these herbivore defense chemicals like basil and all the other yummy flavors in bail and mint.”
Last week, 30 students began an unusual protest – riding bicycles along the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline.
Kendall King with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition says protesters wanted to increase public awareness of plans for the 550-mile underground pipeline that would link fracking sites in West Virginia to customers in North Carolina.
This week, East Coast fisheries managers voted to increase by 10-percent the catch for menhaden. The fish is used as bait, processed for vitamin supplements and food for fish farms. The two-year increase will give back half of the 20 percent harvest reduction taken in 2012.
It's been a three year battle between commercial fishermen and environmentalists. But after scientists reworked models they found a healthier stock of menhaden. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was asked to reconsider the economic impact of their catch limits.
Every spring, fishing communities across the nation open the new season with a blessing of the fleet. The historic town of Reedville, Virginia has celebrated the tradition for 45 years.
A parade of fishing boats from the traditional Chesapeake deadrise to recreational vessels as small as a kayak bobbed in the water alongside a backdrop of industrial menhaden fishing ships. All became silent as a wreath was tossed into the water in remembrance of those lost.
Three public meetings are set for evenings this week on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline; one of three that would carry liquid natural gas through Virginia.
The public meetings on the proposed pipeline will take place in Elliston and Chatham Virginia as well as Lindside, West Virginia, areas which could see the 42 inch pipe run through or near their towns.