Preservation

Diversity in the Great Outdoors

Jun 20, 2013
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.

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.  

Virginia's Endangered Places

May 15, 2013

Preservation Virginia’s 2013 list of endangered places ranges from 12 acres of old growth hardwoods to century-old schools built for Africa American students.

The Wytheville birthplace of former First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson needs repairs and financial support. A Page County school that housed government offices for nearly eighty years may be knocked down and replaced with a parking lot. A graveyard and archeological site in Danville may become an industrial site.

African American Families Database

The Virginia Department of Transportation has cleared another speed bump in its drive to build a bypass to Route 29 through Albemarle County. 

Those who oppose the 29 bypass have made many arguments.  Some think the project, which VDOT predicts will cost about $240 million is too expensive for the limited time drivers would save.  Others worry about the impact on health from a six-mile road that would pass by six schools, while a third group feared trucks with hazardous cargo could pass too close to the city’s water supply. 

The public comment period is now open on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ proposed new regulations for Fox Hound training preserves.  

Fox Hunting has a long history in Virginia, but in the 1980s increased land development limited where hunters could train their dogs in the skill of the chase. 

That's when what are known as Fox Hound Training Preserves were created; privately owned enclosures where the dogs could practice.  Today there are 37 preserves in 22 counties, ranging from 100 acres to around 800, mostly in southeastern Virginia.

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