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.
Bessire writes about how landscapes are depleted through an intentional memory loss that allows environmentally destructive patterns to repeat themselves.
Compiled in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies, the information is meant to help rural areas better prepare for public health emergencies, disasters and threats.
The new tool might help the community avoid health hazards and develop mitigation strategies to save their town.
A tree grower joins forces with a local organization to replant some of the tress lost in Kentucky during tornadoes of late 2021.
Two new reports from the Center for American Progress examine how rural communities can access federal grant funding to build climate resiliency.
A new water pipeline project wants to siphon off billions of gallons of groundwater from a rural county in Utah to meet the needs of Cedar City. But farmers and local Tribes see the project as an existential threat.
“We are living through a natural experiment right now — we’ve never had fires this frequently.” – Healthcare community rings the alarm about dramatic negative health effects of fire smoke recorded all around the country.
Billions of dollars to reforest millions of acres, plant trees in underserved communities, and restore landscapes burned by wildfire will require a significant investment in human resources to accomplish the task.
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.
The last remaining stockpile of chemical weapons in the United States will soon be gone, destroyed using a process that the military and local residents agreed was safer than originally proposed. Tireless advocacy made the change possible.
Companies in rural communities around the globe are turning plastic waste into reusable materials.
“If we don’t get in now, we’re going to be behind — and we’ll never catch up.”
The National Park’s iconic mode of transportation is a hit with tourists, carrying on average 60,000 people each summer.
Armed with detailed plans on how to protect from the floods and mitigate the resulting damage, both states failed to implement them.
Not all locals are happy about it.
A controversy and the ultimate recall of fire hazard maps for Oregon proved the importance of an extended comment period and the need for feedback from populations in question.
In the hours and days following Eastern Kentucky’s July 28 flood, a horseman’s group was among the many people and organizations that volunteered to deliver supplies to families cut off by the destruction.
In her first book, writer Lyndsie Bourgon examines the history and social complexities that drive timber poaching in old growth forests.
Home to rich ecosystems, these coastal forests are also a superior carbon storing species.
Young people need predictability, safety, and security – just the things the flood washed away. School districts grapple with complex logistical issues while trying to tend to the needs of families and pupils.
New efforts seek to give smallholders alternatives to logging while helping to curb climate change.