April 11, 2017

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Trees and Climate Change

Besides providing beautiful sites for hikers, habitats for wildlife, and lush natural scenery, forests play an invaluable part in protecting our planet from climate change. Read on to learn some fascinating, often-overlooked functions of forests and to understand why it’s especially important to look out for their welfare. 1. Forests regulate rainfall When it comes… Read more


March 8, 2017

Oakland School Education Outing!

We drove into the Oakland School on a crisp Wednesday morning. The campus was beautiful— rolling hills littered with white paneled, barn-house style buildings. I was there with Bette and Lilly, two other Wild Virginia volunteers, to teach a youth group about the importance of different habitat types for animals. There were about 20 students… Read more


February 20, 2017

Our First Youth Outdoor Education Outing!

On Monday,  February 13th, Wild Virginia’s youth outdoor education team held our first outing with the Charlottesville Parkside and Post-High School Parks and Recreation group! The unseasonably warm and sunny weather held out, and everyone was excited to get outside and play some games. We kicked off the activities with a camouflage scavenger hunt. Volunteers… Read more


February 2, 2017

Scheme to Hide Info. About Dangerous Fracking Chemicals

Speak Up Today! Bills currently being considered in the Virginia General Assembly would prevent area residents and local governments from discovering which specific fracking chemicals are being released into their communities.  Tell state senators to oppose SB 1291 and SB 1292!  Background Drilling operations for oil and natural gas in Virginia pose a serious threat… Read more


January 31, 2017

3.3 million acres of our public land at risk

by Lillian Anderson 2-2-2017 UPDATE: Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced this morning that he is withdrawing  this bill. Thanks to everyone who called and made comments. Last Tuesday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz proposed HR 621.  This bill will drastically impact our public lands if passed.  It  builds on the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act and aims to sell… Read more


January 19, 2017

Threats to National Monuments and Endangered Species Under Trump Administration

As the Trump administration officially takes control of the White House on Friday, there are a number of environmental policy changes and appointments that already have environmentalists pushing back. With media focus on the upcoming inauguration, it’s easy to miss some of these new developments. Luckily, Wild Virginia is here to keep you informed and up to… Read more


January 6, 2017

Our Federal Lands At Risk

by Lillian Anderson This week, the House of Representatives passed a new rules package that places our federal lands at risk. In the past, it has been difficult to transfer federal lands to the control of state governments because the lands hold clear value and generate revenue. If lands were taken out of federal control,… Read more


October 18, 2016

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains Recommended as Future Priority Conservation Area

by Julia Travers A study in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (PNAS) identifies our very own Blue Ridge Mountains as a recommended priority area for future conservation, along with eight other areas. The study also states that much of the protected lands in the U.S. are… Read more


September 14, 2016

Wild Virginia Leads Tour of the Pipeline Route

By Jessie Thuma On September 9th, Wild Virginia’s President, Ernie Reed, and Conservation Director, David Sligh, led a group of hikers on a tour of the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Participants gathered at Shenandoah Joe’s for some coffee, snacks, and small talk before piling into vans and hitting the road to Nelson County…. Read more


September 7, 2016

Wild Virginia Supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Opposing Dakota Pipeline

Wild Virginia sent the following letter to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe today:   Re:       Letter of Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe   Dear Mr. Sitting Bear: Wild Virginia supports the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and joins the tribe in opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.  We join you and many thousands of others who are… Read more