Natural Resources

Preserving the Forest
1:47 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Restorative Logging with Horsepower

Southwestern Virginia is home to one of the most botanically diverse forests in the temperate world....where roughly 7 out of every 10 acres here is forestland.  Some loggers say the best way to preserve this bounty for future generations is by logging it… carefully.

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Environment
4:50 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Governor's Conference on Energy

While energy providers are excited about the prospect of developing wind energy off Virginia's coast, many still believe that the state has a full complement of resources which are being underutilized or not used at all. 

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Environment
5:19 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Coal Mine Reclamation

For more than a century, coal companies here in Virginia have been transforming wooded hillsides -- strip mining more than a million acres of land in Central Appalachia.

They're required to restore those sites, but environmentalists aren't always happy with the results, and area residents find no economic use for the land. Now, however, there's something new happening on old mining sites.

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Green Forests Work

American Chestnut Foundation

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Environment
12:27 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Before the First Frost....

Colocasia Black Coral

It’s that time of year when a gardener’s thoughts turn to the coming frost. In most of Virginia, that’s sometime around mid-October. Many can't resist trying to preserve some tender plants for next spring.

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Environment
10:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Tree Stewards: A Good Time to Plant

Robin Hanes and Marjie Giuliano potting trees.
Credit Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

Charlottesville’s Farmers Market will offer a surprising commodity this fall.  Between the pumpkins and mums, buyers will find 500 trees - part of a push to get people planting in autumn.

Robin Hanes is a tree commissioner in the city of Charlottesville , so it’s no surprise to find her promoting planting of trees - but it seems odd, as the leaves are falling, to find her putting trees in the ground now.   Most people do their planting in the spring, but Hanes says that’s not ideal .

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