Natural Resources

A 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near the Wayne National Forest

This afternoon, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck near the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio. The earthquake occurred at 12:24 p.m., with an epicenter 1.24 miles south of McArthur, in Vinton County. Details are still emerging about the event.  Earthquakes in the area are uncommon, especially at such a magnitude. This is the second 3.0 magnitude or higher earthquake in southeastern Ohio since the beginning of April.

Feds shut down new drilling along Rover pipeline project

The almost-weekly spills of bentonite — a natural clay used as a drilling lubricant — have smothered wildlife habitat and gunked up water infrastructure, said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council.

“It’s one thing to have an inadvertent spill every once in a while. At what point does it stop being inadvertent and just become reckless?” she said.

Energy Transfer Partners Spills TWO MILLION Gallons Of Drilling Material In Ohio

The federal approval of the Rover pipeline reflects a dual national trend: continued reliance on fossil fuels, and the striking down of regulations against fracking public lands, according to Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council, an organization dedicated to helping individuals, communities, and businesses “go green,” as its website says.

Arc of Appalachia Volunteer Outing

Leader: Nancy Stranahan & Marilyn Welker

At Ridgeview Farm the Arc is demonstrating that bringing biodiversity back to an abandoned farm is indeed possible. The results of a decade of the redemptive work in Ridgeview’s fields and swamp forest have been ASTONISHING! This day volunteers will be working in the wetland forest – removing invasive bush honeysuckle and making room for expanding ferns and wildflowers.

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Arc of Appalachia Volunteer Event

Leader: Fern Truitt

The Maude's Cedar Narrows tract at the Sanctuary shelters a stunning showcase of wildflowers in a side canyon of the Rocky Fork Gorge. Non-natives began taking over right after it was logged – just before the Arc purchased the land. Volunteers will be working to save Maude’s flowers. Maude Lang, now deceased, was a school teacher in the nearby town of Rainsboro and was adored in the local community.

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