Telling Dartman\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn late April a coalition of environmental groups went to downtown Richmond, Va., to deliver a mile-long petition to Dominion Power, asking them not to build a new coal-fired power plant in Wise County. Playing live tunes in the background of the event was Trees on Fire, a young Charlottesville-based band that is gaining popularity for its earthy brand of roots rock and electronic grooves\u2014a sound it likes to call organica. The band is also gaining recognition as a group that cares about the environment. The band has been hosting benefits to raise awareness about the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining. \u201cWe were shocked when we learned about this,\u201d says drummer Paul Rosner. \u201cI had heard the term strip mining, but I didn\u2019t understand what it was until I saw it firsthand.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe band has done more than just provide the soundtrack for the movement. In January they actually went down to a State Corporation Commission hearing to voice disapproval of the new plant. In the near future they plan to release some music videos that expose strip mining.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ll continue to use our music in this fight,\u201d says Rosner.