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Applications for *Free* Community Trees available

Applications are available to plant free community trees at your neighborhood park, school, church, HOA common area, or any other public space.

Cacapon Institute and our partners with the Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree program…Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting - Saturday, May 13th

Volunteers from Charles Town Parks and Recs Commission have received 16 free trees through the Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree to be planted at Jefferson Memorial Park on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 11:00am. CTree promotes tree planting and…Continue Reading

National Park Service proposes plan to manage deer populations at C&O Canal and Harpers Ferry

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) today made available for public review and comment its plan to reduce overabundant deer populations that threaten the natural beauty and historic scenery at Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake &…Continue Reading

ACFF Spring Fundraiser Features Pollinator Film & Discussion

Shepherdstown, WV.—The American Conservation Film Festival 3rd annual spring fundraiser will shed light on threats facing a number of America’s pollinator species and how we can help them at a party including festive food, drink,…Continue Reading

PVAS Sponsoring April 13 Forum On Environmental Advocacy

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a forum on environmental advocacy the evening of Thursday, April 13 in Shepherdstown.

The forum, entitled “A Guide for the Uneasy Environmentalist,” will be held from 6:30…Continue Reading

National Park Service Proposing Plan to Restore Wetlands at Four Parks in DC, Maryland and WV

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on its plan to restore wetland areas at Catoctin Mountain Park, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Monocacy…Continue Reading

Western Maryland National Parks Reduce Deer Populations to Protect Natural and Historic Landscapes

FREDERICK, Md.—Three Western Maryland national parks this month concluded operations to reduce overabundant white-tailed deer that threaten the historic scenery of two Civil War battlefields and a 5,810-acre hardwood mountain forest. …Continue Reading

Ceremony Held To Mark Creation Of New Jefferson Co. Nature Preserve

A ceremony was held October 25 to mark the creation of a new nature preserve in Jefferson County, WV.

The ceremony was held at the preserve property, which is located at 1469 Lloyd Road, about 6 miles south west of Charles Town. The…Continue Reading

Western Maryland parks to implement White-Tailed Deer Management Plans

FREDERICK, Md.–  To provide for long-term protection and restoration of native vegetation, promote healthy and diverse forests and protect historic landscapes, three Western Maryland National Parks are preparing to implement previously…Continue Reading

Announcement for Eastern Panhandle Livestock Producers from USDA – Farm Service Agency

Press Release received from USDA – Farm Service Agency

Due to the recent snow storm that struck the eastern panhandle, local USDA - Farm Service Agency Offices want to make sure that local livestock producers are aware of…Continue Reading

Nominations Sought for Berkeley Community Pride Green Award

Berkeley Community Pride’s mission is to reduce litter, encourage effective community-wide recycling and to promote the education of our youth in the responsible use of our resources.

Our Green Award is given to a business,…Continue Reading

Thousand Cankers Disease: A Threat to Our Black Walnut Trees

Ash trees in our region have been hit hard by the emerald ash borer (EAB). In my work with clients last year I came across numerous dead trees. And even among the living ones we would choose for treatment a significant proportion showed signs…Continue Reading

First Solar Panel Array Installed at Manassas National Battlefield Park

MANASSAS, Va. – The National Park Service (NPS) and Siemens announced today the installation of two solar panel systems at Manassas National Battlefield Park, which will reduce energy costs at no upfront cost to taxpayers. The solar panels…Continue Reading

NPS Seeks Public Comments on Invasive Plant Management Plan for 15 National Capital Region Parks

Washington – The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public scoping comments on an Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for 15 national parks in the greater Washington DC region. The plan/EA will identify…Continue Reading

Last Chance to Protect Your Ash Trees

If you own or manage ash trees and they haven’t already been killed off by the emerald ash borer (EAB), this year is your last chance to take proactive measures. Over 20 states in the US have been impacted, with tens of millions of ash…Continue Reading

National Park Service Accepting Comments on White-Tailed Deer Management Plan

WASHINGTON—The National Park Service (NPS) is requesting public input in developing a White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal national historical parks. A…Continue Reading

Main Street Martinsburg Celebrates Unveiling Of Solar Electric Charging Station

Martinsburg, WV – The City of Martinsburg is taking a future-thinking step forward with the recent installation of a solar-powered electric car charging station in downtown Martinsburg, thanks to the vision and efforts of the Main Street…Continue Reading

Public Forum: New Carbon Rules: How Can West Virginia Lead?

Tonight, Sean O’Leary,eloquent writer on WV issues, Jacqui Patterson, Director of NAACP Climate & Environmental Justice programs, Mary Ann Hitt, Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and David Levine,…Continue Reading

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Seeks Volunteers To Help Remove Invasive Plants July 12

Asheville, NC – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking volunteers to participate in an invasive exotic plant workday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Lemon Gap, along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) on the Tennessee/North…Continue Reading

Rubbish Roundup At Riverbottom Park In Williamsport Re-Scheduled For June 28

WILLIAMSPORT, Md.  (June 10, 2014)  The Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance (ACWA) has rescheduled their 1st Annual Conococheague Creek Rubbish Roundup to clean trash and debris out of the lower portion of the Conococheague…Continue Reading

Garden Plots Available at the Sustainable Shepherdstown Organic Community Garden (SSOCG)

The Sustainable Shepherdstown Organic Community Garden (SSOCG) is up and running. We have returning gardeners as well 9 plots left for new gardeners.  You can get started anytime now. Plots are $30 for the initial 10’ x 10’ and $5…Continue Reading

Gardeners Exchange Group to meet at Ranson Old Community Gardens May 17

Members of The Gardeners Exchange Group of the Eastern Panhandle share information, resources, expertise, labor, plants, and experiences through monthly meetings, garden visits, and special events. We meet at 9:30 AM, usually on the third…Continue Reading

Sixth Boonsboro Green Fest Set to Go on Saturday, May 10

BOONSBORO, Md. - Beautiful Shafer Park in Boonsboro will be filled to overflowing this year with 175 vendors and some special event locations for the sixth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 10.

The festival will run…Continue Reading

ACWA Schedules Conococheague Creek Rubbish Roundup

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. —The Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance (ACWA) has scheduled their 1st Annual Conococheague Creek Rubbish Roundup to clean trash and debris out of the lower portion of the Conococheague Creek and Potomac Riverbottom…Continue Reading

Town of Williamsport To Plant 120 Trees as Part of Legacy Project

WILLIAMSPORT, Md - As part of the Town of Williamsport’s annual Arbor Day celebration, community members will gather at the Springfield Barn to help plant 120 new trees.  These trees will not only benefit the environment, but they…Continue Reading

2014 Earth Hour Celebration Being Held in Williamsport

Williamsport, MD – March 29, 2014 will be a green day in Williamsport, as the Town of Williamsport hosts an Environmental Fair from 6:00-9:30 p.m. to celebrate Earth Hour in the Williamsport Community Building in Byron Memorial Park, 2…Continue Reading

Jefferson County Farmland Protection Program Unveils Proposed Strategic Plan

Charles Town, WV – The Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board is pleased to present its proposed strategic plan for the Farmland Protection Program and to invite the public and to comment on the plan.

The Board will offer…Continue Reading

Warm Springs Middle School’s Solar Week

Warm Springs Middle School’s 8th grade class and teachers invited Mountain View Solar to hold solar-themed events on November 1st and 2nd. The events were part of the middle school’s project-based learning segment, which was dedicated…Continue Reading

Intro to Solar Class Offered at No Cost to WV Residents

Thanks to a state grant, Mountain View Solar, in partnership with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, will be offering “Introduction to Solar Energy Systems” in Berkeley Springs, WV and in Martinsburg, WV. The class is…Continue Reading

Professor Patricia H. Lee, faculty member of WVU College of Law scheduled for the Eastern Panhandle

Professor Patricia H. Lee, a faculty member of West Virginia University’s College of Law, who directs the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, will be a featured speaker during the 2012 Common Ground International Book Fest scheduled for Saturday,…Continue Reading

Morgan County Courthouse Goes Solar, First for WV

Berkeley Springs, WV - On Friday, the Morgan County Commission and Mountain View Solar officially announced the Morgan County Courthouse has gone solar. The event marked a few firsts. For one, it’s the first courthouse in the state to have…Continue Reading

The National Conservation Training Center will screen “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy”

Shepherdstown, WV - On Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm the National Conservation Training Center will screen the Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy. Filmmaker Randy Olson will introduce his film and take questions from the audience. The screening…Continue Reading

Morgan County Courthouse Goes Solar

Berkeley Springs, WV – The Morgan County Courthouse will soon be using the sun to generate its electricity. Plans to install a solar energy system have been approved, and the install will take place from June 20th through June 24th. Berkeley…Continue Reading

Electric Vehicle / Hybrid Racing Challenge Comes to Hagerstown, Set for June 11-12, 2011

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The 11th Annual Power of DC will be held in Hagerstown, June 11-12, 2011. The Power of DC is the electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid racing challenge for the Electric Vehicle Association of Washington, DC. The challenge attracts…Continue Reading

Antietam, Monocacy and Manassas National Battlefield Park Seek Public Input on Deer Management Plan

DENVER, CO—The National Park Service (NPS) is requesting your input in developing a White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (plan/EIS) for Antietam National Battlefield and Monocacy National Battlefield…Continue Reading

Next “Fresh Feast on the Farm” Dinner set for April 30

A spring “Fresh Feast on the Farm” dinner will be held the evening of April 30 at Marty, Carol, Mark and Tyree Kable’s Elmwood Farm near Charles Town, WV. The Fresh Feast on the Farm program was launched by Jane Tabb of Kearneysville…Continue Reading

Recycling Pick-Up Service Now offered in Berkeley Springs

Berkeley Springs, WV – Haulin’ Glass, a new local curbside pick-up company, will begin collecting recyclable materials for both residential and commercial customers beginning in March. The service will be on a weekly basis, and will work…Continue Reading

Berkeley Community Pride awards annual Environmental Studies Scholarship

Shepherdstown, WV—Berkeley Community Pride, Inc., has awarded its annual scholarship through the Shepherd University Foundation to Michael Whitaker of Shepherdstown and Steven Schoepe of Rockville, Maryland.  The organization awards…Continue Reading

Go Green Go Antiquing

Go Green. It is certainly the IN thing isn’t it? If you have tried it, you will probably also know it can prove to be a bit expensive.  Solar panels don’t come cheap.  Neither do those hybrids.  But have you ever considered…Continue Reading

Farmland Protection in West Virginia

A Ten Year Snapshot: 11,457 acres voluntarily protected

During the summer of 1999, a group of everyday citizens, farmers and open space advocates from the Eastern Panhandle united behind the need to develop a farmland protection…Continue Reading

Electronics Recycling Saturday June 26th

Have you purchased a new phone, computer or television lately?  Are you unsure what to do with the old one? 

The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority (BCSWA) is reminding residents that the 1st electronics recycling event…Continue Reading

‘Fresh Feast on the Farm’ Dinner to promote the local food movement in Jefferson Co.

Reservations are now being taken for a July 17 “Fresh Feast on the Farm” dinner at Bill White Grantham’s Meadow Green/Aqua Green Farm near Middleway in southern Jefferson County WV.

The Fresh Feast on the Farm program…Continue Reading

Pick Up the Panhandle

If you are out and about Saturday May 1st, you may see a number of individuals cleaning up our streets. Thank them. This is not a community drug bust; it is a ‘green’ event organized by Berkeley Community Pride (BCP), a local non-profit…Continue Reading

Free Earth Day Film: Crude: The Real Price of Oil

Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies (213 N. King St., Shepherd University)
4 PM and 7 PM screenings
Refreshments and discussion

  • 18 Billion Gallons of Toxic Oil and Waste
  • 30,000 Affected Indigenous…Continue Reading

    Shepherd receives water quality grant

    SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—Shepherd faculty Dr. Peter Vila, assistant professor of environmental studies at Shepherd University, and Dr. Dan DiLella, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, recently received a grant in the amount…Continue Reading

    Shepherd engineering students build solar powered golf cart

    SHEPHERDSTOWN,WV—Shepherd’s engineering program recently unveiled its biggest project to date — a solar powered golf cart — at the March 6 admissions department Open House.

    The idea for the project came out of a brainstorming…Continue Reading

    Volunteers Needed to Help Clean Up Antietam; Park Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2010

    SHARPSBURG, MD – Every spring, the Civil War Preservation Trust sponsors “Park Day,” a day when history buffs and preservationists off all ages join forces to clean and restore Civil War related-battlefields, cemeteries, and shrines…Continue Reading

    Fisheries Biologist Phil Pister will present “Ethics and the Environmental Field Biologist”

    Shepherdstown, WV - On Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm, Fisheries Biologist Phil Pister will present “Ethics and the Environmental Field Biologist“ in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown,…Continue Reading

    Shepherd club sponsors presentation by organic gardener February 21

    SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—Shepherd University’s Sustainable Agriculture Club will be sponsoring a presentation by Shepherd Ogden, renowned organic gardener and founder of the Princess Street Demonstration Garden, at an inaugural meeting of…Continue Reading

    Ned Tillman will present “The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action“

    Shepherdstown, WV - On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm, author Ned Tillman will present “The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action“ in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)…Continue Reading

    “Global Climate Change and Wildlife“ talk at the National Conservation Training Center

    Shepherdstown, WV - On Monday, February 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm, scientist Virginia Burkett will present “Global Climate Change and Wildlife“ in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV.…Continue Reading

    Knob Hall Winery Receives USDA Grant for Geothermal Energy

    Clear Spring, MD – The Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, Maryland is Washington County’s only winery. The company recently was awarded a significant grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for a geothermal project.

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    You Can Have an American Made Holiday!

    With the disappearance of manufacturing jobs in this country, we at Good Natured have decided to focus on products that are made in the US. We’re proud to add some wonderful clothing from Earth Creations. You’ll love their long…Continue Reading

    “A Man For The Season”

    In the Bible account of creation we read these words…. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over…Continue Reading

    “Recognizing The Need To Go Green”

    In listening to the ongoing debate on global warming and recognizing the capricious nature of the energy industry and oil producing nations, I realize (and I’m certain that I’m really late to the dance), that we need to utilize…Continue Reading

    Mountain View Solar House To Be Unveiled

    Mountain View Builders, Morgan County, WV’s green builder, will unveil the Mountain View Solar House at an open house event from 11am to 4pm on July 12, 2008 in Berkeley Springs, WV. The event is free and open to the public and will be…Continue Reading

    Have a Small Back Yard? Try a Bucket Garden

    It’s Saturday. Let’s take a break from politics.

    Elly and I live in a townhouse with a very small back yard. Two months ago we had our deck and fence built, partly so there would be some protected yard to let the dogs out…Continue Reading

    “Earth Days” event at the Arts Centre

    Want to live greener? Come to The Arts Centre on April 19 & 20 for classes, films, demonstrations, and more!

    Two days of classes will focus on using recycled and natural materials. Papermaking, basketry, and mini rag rugs are a…Continue Reading