The Conservation Hub

ABRA’s Conservation Hub program promotes responsible resource management by providing data-focused tools that enhance a project’s transparency,
strengthen its accountability to regulatory agencies and facilitate public participation in its evaluation process.

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Featured Articles

  • National Forest Integrity Project Launched by ABRA

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    ABRA has unveiled the first phase of its National Forest Integrity Project (NFIP).  The project, part of ABRA’s Conservation Hub, is a monitoring program created to track proposed and ongoing projects in the three National Forests that are located within the Central Appalachian Highlands (Monongahela in West Virginia and George Washington and Jefferson in Virginia).

  • Appeals on MVP water certification filed with Fourth Circuit

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    The December decisions by Virginia and West Virginia to grant water certificates to the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) have been appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates (Appalmad) filed with the Fourth Circuit on behalf of Sierra Club and five other conservation groups a petition for review of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s December 30 approval of a permit for the MVP under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.  

  • WV Highlands Conservancy files objection with Forest Service

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    The U.S. Forest Service’s (NFS) environmental assessment of one of its projects in the Monongahela National Forest is the subject of a strong objection filed January 3 by the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (WVHC).

    The Greenbrier Southeast project in the Monongahela National Forest,

  • MVP appeals Virginia Air Board vote on compressor station permit

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    Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP) on December 31 filed an appeal with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals over the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board’s December 3 denial of a permit for the Lambert Compressor Station, a project associated with the Southgate Extension of the MVP,

  • Virginia Water Board approves MVP permit

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    The Virginia State Water Control Board voted 3-2 on December 14 to approve a water quality certificate for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Two members were not present.  The project still needs a water certificate from West Virginia, which is expected to act by December 31,

  • 2021 has been a consequential year of transition for ABRA

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    The past year has been an important year of transition for the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance.  Among our accomplishments have been:

    • Transitioning from an organization dedicated to defeating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to an alliance with the long-term goal of promoting and protecting the ecological integrity of the Central Appalachian Highlands region of Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Groups comment on new migratory bird regulations

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    Thirty-five conservation groups, including ABRA and several of its members, filed comments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on December 3 in response to the agency’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding incidental take regulations under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).

  • Conservation groups comment to Army Corps on MVP permit

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    Twenty-two conservation groups, including ABRA and several of its members, filed comments on November 19 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the permit application for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to cross rivers and streams under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

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ABRA’s Conservation Hub program promotes responsible resource management by providing data-focused tools that enhance a project’s transparency, strengthen its accountability to regulatory agencies and facilitate public participation in its evaluation process.
  • Proposed Buckingham County Gold Mine

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    Sponsor: Friends of Buckingham
    Developer: Aston Bay

    Since at least 2016, Aston Bay Holdings has drilled more than 20 exploratory holes in the A-1 agricultural zone on land situated between Yogaville and the Union Hill community.

  • Greenbrier Southeast

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    Sponsor: National Forest Integrity Project
    Developer: U.S.Forest Service

    According to the US Forest Service, the Greenbrier Southeast project seeks to improve forest stand health and composition to improve future wildlife habitat and to provide for future commercial timber sales and economic projects.

  • Rocky Forge Wind Farm

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    Sponsor: Rockbridge Area Conservation Council
    Developer: Apex Clean Energy

    Apex Clean Energy is working to complete development and start construction on Rocky Forge Wind, potentially the first onshore wind farm in the Commonwealth.

  • Corridor H – Parsons to Davis

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    Sponsor: Friends of Blackwater
    Developer: WVDOT/WVDOH

    Corridor H of the Appalachian Development Highway System, also known as US 48, will extend 157 miles from northern Virginia to central West Virginia. It is being constructed from Interstate 79 (I-79) in Weston eastward across the Allegheny Mountains to I-81 in Strasburg,