Head to Heartwood for a Taste of What’s New!

Heartwood Chef Barry Boothe forages the farms and farmers’ markets of Southwest Virginia for his new Rooted in Appalachia menu. Heirloom vegetables, grass-fed beef, and most anything else that’s in season makes its way into everything from daily lunch specials and soups to the ever-bountiful Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch, Thursday Night BBQ, and Virginia […]

Is There a Middle Road in the Mountain Top Removal Debate?

Over thirty years ago, the Federal Surface Mining Act was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. I was invited to attend the Rose Garden signing ceremony because of the work that I and many others had done to get the Act passed. When he signed the bill, President Carter complained that the bill had been “watered down” and said he hoped it would be a start for stronger laws to come.

Conservation Group Seeks Sponsors to Publish Educational Book about the Upper Tennessee Watershed in Virginia

The Virginia headwaters of the Upper Tennessee River consist of three river systems — the Holston, Clinch, and Powell — which together contain more species and varieties of plants and animals than any other watershed in continental North America. The heavily-forested and mountainous region contains 48 imperiled fish and mussel species, 21 of which are […]

Litter Prevention in Southwest Virginia

Throughout the Southwest Virginia region, the presence of litter affects not only the appearance of the landscape and the negative attitude of others toward those of us who live here, but it is also a deterrent to tourism and new industry. Although dramatic progress has been made over the past several years to clean up as well as to change attitudes and habits, litter and illegal dump sites continue to mar many roadways, mountainsides, and streams in our otherwise beautiful area.