Thursday, June 28, 2012

Appalachians Stand For Clean Energy, Environment

According to Central Appalachian edition of The Smithsonian Guides to Natural America, the Kanawha State Forest boasts "more than 1,000 species of trees and plants, including 23 types of wild orchids, within its 9,474 acres. Seven types of sunflowers, for instance, were in bloom...Fourteen trails wind for 25 miles amid various forest communities...They provide glimpses of the rich vegetation, including the fleshy little touch-me-nots, the sinewy American hornbeam, hemlocks, papaws, umbrella magnolias, witch hazels, asters, cardinal flowers, joe-pye weed, bloodroot, sycamores, sassafras and a wealth of goldenrod."

For 25 years, central Appalachians have fought to save these forests and mountains through a non profit, Organized Voices and Empowered Communities.   (OVEC)

OVEC's mission is to organize and maintain a diverse grassroots organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the environment through education, grassroots organizing and coalition building, leadership development and media outreach.

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