Latest Appalachian Mountains Stories
By Laurie Edwards The Department of Environmental Quality currently is reviewing Appalachian Power's permit application to continue operating the Smith Mountain Project, a hydroelectric powerhouse consisting of Smith Mountain and Leesville dams.
In a double-barreled approach to environmental restoration, Appalachian mountains scarred by strip-mining are being planted with American chestnut trees, a species that has been all but wiped out in the United States by a fungus.
By Abrams, Marc D No species in the eastern United States better exemplifies a ubiquitous yet subordinate tree than does blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica).
Like a bloodsucking mosquito, the hemlock woolly adelgid plunges its needle-like mouth deep into the branches of hemlock trees and slowly sucks out the nutrients.
American ginseng, sister of the Asian wonder herb and a seasonal cash crop in Appalachia, has two obstacles to long-term survival in the United States: Man and deer.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.