September 3, 2013

Fracking Explosion in West Virginia

Wild Virginia hosted a trip to see a hydrofracturing (fracking) site last spring in West Virginia.   We wanted to see the operations first-hand and talk to landowners directly impacted by the industry because this drilling is being considered for our George Washington National Forest.  We came back appalled by what we saw and learned from landowners. Recently,  the story in West Virginia took… Read more

April 22, 2013

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February 14, 2012

Deep Run Ponds Outing – February 5, 2012

By: David Hannah Posted: February 14, 2012 A brief snow shower welcomed the 17 people who spent a few hours walking and enjoying the Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve in Rockingham County.  We visited 6 of the 8 sinkhole ponds, though only 1 of the 6 had standing water.  The large salamander egg masses… Read more

YIKES! Dominion Power Embraces Biomass Incineration in Southern Virginia

By: Ernie Reed Posted: February 14, 2012 Virginia Electric Power is proposing to burn trees and other vegetation to generate large amounts of electricity at three of its power generating stations in Alta Vista, Hopewell and South Hampton, Virginia[1].  For the reasons stated below, this is a big step backwards in the direction that utilities… Read more

February 6, 2012

February 2012 Volunteer Spotlight: Bette Dzamba

Bette has loved hiking for as long as she can remember. She became a Wild Virginia hike leader in order to share the fun of spending time “playing outside” with others. She believes that the more people spend time in wild places like the George Washington National Forest the more they will feel the value… Read more

June 27, 2011

Non-Native Invasive Plants – Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness

During the growing season of 2010, Wild Virginia conducted a survey for non-native invasive plants (NNIP) in the Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness Area of the George Washington National Forest (GWNF). Two field workers traversed approximately 29 miles of trails and streams within the wilderness area. Three other areas were also surveyed: Mountain House picnic and trailhead… Read more

August 25, 2010

All Greenhouse Gas Emissions Must be Regulated

Biomass incineration, the burning of woody and agricultural materials, is often promoted as a significant component of the effort to shift Americans away from our addiction to fossil fuels. It has often been touted as both “renewable” and “carbon-neutral”. But burning any organic material releases carbon dioxide. Scientists, in fact, have pointed out that a… Read more

January 6, 2009

The State of Our Water

The State of Our Water: Managing and Protecting the Drinking Water Resources of the George Washington National Forest: In December 2008, Wild Virginia completed a study of the drinking water resources of the George Washington National Forest (GWNF).The GWNF is a very important regional and local source of drinking water.Twenty-two localities in western Virginia obtain… Read more

December 17, 2008

Wood Turtle Named to 10 Most Endangered List

The Wood Turtle was named one of the nation’s Top 10 Species in Need of Protection by the Endangered Species Coalition. Click here to see the December 17, 2008 Press Release announcing this dubious honor. Visit the Endangered Species Coalition website,, to read more about the nine other needy species For many years, Wild… Read more