July 2009

Fifteen Wilderness Hikes You’ve Never Heard Of

By Graham Averill | 10 May 16
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As humans trammel more and more of the planet, Wilderness areas have never been more important—both scientifically and spiritually.

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Have outdoor sports become too competitive?

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 09
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Greenbrier River Trail, W.Va.

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Jun 09
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The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile path through the scenic Allegheny Mountain country of eastern West Virginia. The converted rail-to-trail follows its namesake waterway on a flat grade from Cass to North Caldwell through some of the Mountain State’s most stunning terrain. The crushed gravel trail offers an accessible two- or three-day bike adventure…

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Mountain Movies: Documentaries Made in the Appalachians

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Jun 09
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On Coal River In this upcoming documentary, meet four different people who live in the Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia. They’ve had their lives changed forever by the devastating effects of mountaintop removal mining in their backyard. Ed Wiley is a former mine inspector whose granddaughter has been sickened by a coal processing…

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Green Reads: Essential Books on the Environment

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Jun 09
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Get a grasp on current problems and proposed solutions with these five recent environmental books. Green Collar Economy – Van Jones President Obama made a wise choice earlier this year when he tapped Van Jones as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation. The longtime civil rights and environmental activist has a vision to…

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Blowin’ in the Wind: Debate swirls around wind energy

By Graham Averill | 30 Jun 09
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The United States has enough wind energy potential to provide twice as much energy than we currently use. Yet last year, wind farms delivered only one percent of our energy use. Data from the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Lab show that wind could completely replace mountaintop removal mining and lead the…

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A River Runs Through Us: Exploring the James River from Blue Ridge to the Bay

By Graham Averill | 30 Jun 09
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The James is the largest river contained in a single state, stretching 340 miles from the Appalachian Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, it flows from national forests to agricultural zones and urban centers. Communities draw from the James for drinking water, then use it again for wastewater. It’s also a top recreation…

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FACT OR FICTION? Busting the Most Common Eco-Myths

By BRO Staff | 26 Jun 09
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You’ve heard these myths before. Your uncle likes to repeat them at the dinner table, corporations tout them in TV ads, and politicians spew them during stump speeches. They’ve been used over and over to justify poor environmental policy, and they’re just plain wrong. Here are the top ten most dangerous eco-myths. Clean coal technology…

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Bat Plague: Climbers and Cavers Beware of White Nose Syndrome

By Beau Beasley | 24 Jun 09
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White-nose syndrome: it’s a silent invasion that causes greater destruction than a forest fire, but most people have probably never heard of it. White Nose Syndrome (WNS) was first observed in bats in a cave near Albany, New York, in February 2006. The bats were uncharacteristically active during their hibernation time and had a frosty…

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The Greenies: BRO’S Fourth Annual Eco-Awards

By Jedd Ferris | 24 Jun 09
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GREEN HERO: Maria Gunnoe For the past five years, a true coal miner’s daughter has dedicated her life to fighting the industry that once provided her family’s livelihood. The courageous Maria Gunnoe won’t rest until she saves her land in Boone County and surrounding West Virginia communities from the ravages of mountaintop removal mining. Gunnoe’s…

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Sustainable Farmer Joel Salatin Goes Beyond Organics

By Jedd Ferris | 22 Jun 09
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Sustainable Farmer Joel Salatin Goes Beyond Organics On a modest, idyllic 550 acres in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm has given the modern food industry a lesson in agrarian integrity. On his pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm, Salatin raises animals with ethically and ecologically sound methods that mimic natural movement patterns and preserve…

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Green Goods

By Graham Averill | 22 Jun 09
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No Greenwashing Here—These Environmentally Conscious Outdoor Companies Walk the Eco-Talk Greenest Outdoor Companies No company is perfect. You can’t produce something and not have some impact on the environment. But a few forward-thinking outdoor companies have gone beyond the standard carbon offset to instill real change in the way they do business. 1. Patagonia Patagonia…

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Act, Learn, Race: GREEN CALENDAR

By BRO Staff | 22 Jun 09
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Think it ain’t easy being green? Let one of these regional events do most of the work for you. All you have to do is show up and learn, act, or even race for a healthier planet. JAMES RIVER RUNOFF RUNDOWN: Virginia, July 11 Take a mellow float in the mountains, paddle the wild whitewater…

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Obama and the Outdoors

By BRO Admin | 22 Jun 09
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Administration’s First Six Months Provides Mixed Reviews on Key Outdoor Issues Obama has done more to move America toward a clean energy future in six months than has been done in the previous six decades. However, Obama also has disappointed many in the Southeast by investing $2.4 billion in so-called “clean coal” technologies and allowing…

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Berry Pickin’

By BRO Admin | 22 Jun 09
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Blackberries and blueberries are ripening this month in the Southern Appalachians. Hikers trekking Southern balds are treated to trail side snacks, as berries thrive in high elevation balds and grasslands. Hike these two berry trails for prime seasonal snacking: Graveyard Fields Trail Blue Ridge Parkway, N.C. A popular three-mile hike off the parkway near Asheville…

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