Natural Resources

The Color of Preservation
12:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Diversity in the Great Outdoors

Credit Virginia Tech

What’s now known as the “environmental movement” took root decades ago. Today, more young people than ever before are interested in careers in this field.  But it’s a career path, which relatively few people of color choose to pursue.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech held a national conference to explore the future of diversity in careers related to the environment.  Dean Paul Winistorfer says more needs to be done to interest minorities in this growing field.

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Landowners Dispute
7:11 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Cuccinelli vs. Southwest VA Landowners?

VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

There’s a new controversy brewing - one that could mean trouble for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.  It involves a lawsuit on behalf of landowners in Southwestern Virginia.

They claim two energy companies failed to pay them royalties on methane gas wells.  One of those firms has given $100,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign - and now a judge in the case says she’s shocked by e-mails from the attorney general’s office to those energy companies.   Sandy Hausman reports on the history of the case.

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Public Invited to the Pool Party
5:10 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Blue Ridge Swim Club Celebrates a Century

Credit Blue Ridge Swim Club

This weekend, Charlottesville celebrates a surprising birthday and is inviting the public to a party.

Even for residents of nearby Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Swim Club may be a surprise – a one-of-a-kind place where cicadas, tree frogs and birds provide a natural soundtrack. 

At the end of an unpaved, single lane off Owensville Road in Ivy, you park in the grass and follow a winding path down a hill, through a forest of old growth trees to a fresh water pool the length of a football field.  

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Trout Season
2:29 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Big Catch

I could hear Tony tearing up the trail from Squirrel Creek toward our campsite in the middle of a blueberry patch in remote Avery County, North Carolina. All the forest creatures could hear him, too.

Tony was anything but subtle when he’d caught a fish and he wanted every thrush, every gray squirrel, every white-tail deer, every groundhog and—most of all—me to know he’d hooked a penny-bright, native, feisty rainbow trout.

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Alpha Natural Resources Annual Meeting
3:22 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Coalfields Expressway

People who oppose the proposed “coal fields expressway” are staging a protest in Abingdon Virginia, where coal company, Alpha Natural Resources is holding its annual meeting Wednesday, May 22.

The protestors say they’ll call attention to the company’s role in what’s known as the Coalfields Expressway.  A proposed 50 mile road, supporters say will improve transportation in far southwest Virginia and help the local economy.

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