Conservation

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After the 2014 Elk River chemical spill in the Kanawha Valley, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition created the Safe Water WV initiative. The idea is simple: to strengthen a community’s connection to their drinking water and encourage them to work together to better protect it.

A couple years ago, Jefferson and Berkeley Counties decided to build off that initiative in a unique way – using the conservation of farmland and Civil War battlefields as a model for drinking water protection.

Head of the Ohio Regatta, Ohio River
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The West Virginia Conservation Agency Thursday announced it is now taking public comment on a new rule that would create a grant program for conservation projects across the state.

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The National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count is, for many people, a holiday tradition. Every year, for a 24 hour period between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, citizen scientists look to the skies, trees and bird feeders to identify and count as many birds as possible. This year marks the 119th season. West Virginians have been participating for about 80 years.


Greenland Gap
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The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund says it's accepting grant applications for land-protection projects with up to $1.2 million that may be awarded.

Elk
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Officials have announced a deal that secures over 32,000 acres of land for West Virginia's elk habitat in the southwestern part of the state.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports officials from The Conservation Fund and the state Division of Natural Resources announced this week that 32,396 acres of forestland has been acquired for permanent public use, primarily for elk hunting and elk watching.

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The Student Climate & Conservation Congress met for its sixth year this week in Shepherdstown, teaching high school students about conservation and leadership skills.

Overview of Cranberry Glades and Cranberry Wilderness, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has identified more than 600 animals and 400 plant species as having the greatest conservation need in the proposed 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan.

The Register-Herald reports the proposed 10-year plan is now out for public comment through July 15 and can be found online.

Wildlife Resources Section chief Paul Johansen says the plan is a roadmap that will guide the agency and partners in making future habitat conversation recommendations in the state.

West Virginia Morning
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We  hear what author Alan Fitzpatrick was able to uncover in his search in the mystery of how Wheeling got its name. The Student Climate and Conservation Conference asks the question: How are we as global citizens going to bring back and contribute to our schools and communities? Also, Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.