Natural Resources

  

In recent years, as the National Park Service has faced deep funding cuts and a stagnant number of visitors, the country's demographic changes have made its problems more pronounced.

Most visitors to National Parks are white, and increasingly, they're also older.  For instance,  Virginia’s  Shenandoah National Park is one of the nation’s most visited and accessible parks, yet recent research out of the University of Idaho indicates that 92% of visitors in 2011 were white.  

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The sickening thud of a bird hitting a window is something most people have heard.  It may seem like an isolated incident, unless people take a closer look.

A group of volunteers at Virginia Tech has done just that.  The results are in on a survey we told you about one year ago, when they began tracking bird –window collisions at the Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg.

Representatives from two Natural Gas Companies will answer citizens’ questions and hear their concerns about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, Wednesday, November 5th in Blacksburg.

This comes as communities around Virginia await action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide if the review processes can move forward. 

Like other communities in the path of three different natural gas pipelines that would crisscross Virginia, some Montgomery County Citizens are mobilizing to fight them.

Mapping the Ocean

Oct 21, 2014
Nature Conservancy

There's been lots of reporting on the decline of coral reefs in tropical seas.  Now comes word that we have coral right off the coast of Virginia -- an important piece of news for fishermen and for environmentalists who are mapping the oceans.

 

On a sunny weekday  last summer, Captain Monty Hawkins prepared to take fishermen cruising off the coast of Virginia and Maryland.

“Hey, Jay.  Tell those boys to throw the lines off.”

Branding Roanoke

Oct 17, 2014
www.roanokegofest.com

Roanoke officials have spent the past five years promoting the Star City as an outdoor community. 

Pete Eshelman is the city’s Director of Outdoor Branding, and says Virginia Tech is seeing a trend for new graduates wanting to stay in the area particularly because of the variety of outdoor amenities.

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