Appalachian Transition Conversation Opportunity: Weekend in Wise County

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards would like to invite everyone to “Weekend In Wise County” on October, 8th-10th. This event is an opportunity to witness mountaintop removal coal mining, to gain knowledge about the area and organizing efforts from a variety of workshops, and to enjoy good food, music and fellowship.

Workshop offered will include: History of Southwest Virginia, Mountaintop Removal 101, Understanding the Permitting Process, Community Organizing 101, Economic Transition of Appalachia, Water Testing, and more! Tours of mountaintop removal sites and affected coal camps will be conducted throughout the weekend. Come Friday night for a special presentation of the Beehive Collective’s new poster, The True Cost of Coal, which uses images to tell the story of coal in Appalachia.

Saturday night will be a night of free community dinner, musical entertainment, and a silent auction of local crafts items.

Click HERE to register now!

This event will take place at the Appalachia Civic Center in Appalachia, VA. Please contact WeekendinWiseCounty@gmail.com or call 276-523-4380 with any questions. Cost for participation in the weekend is on a sliding scale of $20-75, with scholarships available.

Hotel reservations can be made at a discounted rate ($40 per room, per night) under the “Weekend in Wise County” block at the Country Inn (276) 523-0374.

If you are not able to attend the event, but would like to support another person attending, please contact WeekendinWiseCounty@gmail.com with a donation pledge.

This event is hosted by the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition.

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.