As stewards of America’s natural resources, rural communities are often on the front lines of both environmental disasters and innovations. You can keep up with the latest environmental news from across rural America here.

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Q&A: The Long Road to Recovery

Rebuilding after a natural disaster is a long and difficult process under the best of conditions. For rural communities that are already facing tough economic and social conditions, the work can be even harder and the results less certain.

Commentary: (Distant) Neighbor Helping Neighbor

When La Grange, Texas, needed help recovering from the floods of Hurricane Harvey, national groups stepped up to lend local people a hand. Now those Texans are paying it forward by sending money to help the people of Eastern Kentucky.

Commentary: A ‘Second Disaster’ Caused by Good Will

People naturally want to help others who are in need, and that’s a good thing. To avoid creating more strain for already hard-hit communities, it’s best to give cash. Here’s why, plus a list of ways to contribute to recovery in Eastern Kentucky.

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