Appalachian State University
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Appalachian State University has built a national reputation for providing outstanding academics. ASU’s Center for Appalachian Studies offers the nations only M.A. in Appalachian Studies as well as B.A. in Appalachian Studies. These programs broadcast to the larger world a deeper understanding of the needs of the region both as a cultural and environmental setting.

Appalachian Journal
Founded in 1972, the Appalachian Journal is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed quarterly featuring field research, interviews, and other scholarly studies of history, politics, economics, culture, folklore, literature, music, ecology, and a variety of other topics, as well as poetry and reviews of books, films, and recordings dealing with the Appalachian region.

Global to Local Popular Education
An online clearinghouse of popular education resources for grassroots organizations looking to integrate a global perspective into local work. The site contains profiles, downloadable tools, games, and curriculum, and other resources such as a bibliography, listings of popular education artists, and links that were contributed to the project by community-based organizations that have successfully incorporated the global into their local work.

Max Woody’s Chair Shop
Custom made chairs by one of the region’s most prized crafters.

Beehive Design Collective
A swarm of volunteer artists whose mission is to cross-pollinate the grassroots by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as educational and organizing tools.

Doug Elliott
Doug Elliott has been called an herbalist, ranger, humorist, folk doctor and myth maker, but none of these titles does justice to the astounding energy and knowledge that he brings to the people who hear his stories and who enter the woods with him as their fearless and faithful guide.

Vivian Stockman Photography
As project coordinator for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Vivian Stockman is often out in front—speaking at rallies or giving television interviews. But her photography of mountaintop removal is as striking her work as a community organizer and grassroots environmentalist in the mountains of Appalachia.

Voices for Appalachia (A Portrait Story Project)
A traveling portrait project documenting the lives and stories of people throughout the Appalachia region. We invite all who can to write their personal narrative during the events we attend in the mountains of Appalachia. We invite each individual to write directly on the portraits themselves. We value handwriting because it authenticates a person's voice and legacy.

A non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books.

Guy and Candie Carawan
Includes personal reminiscences of cultural and political work from the 1960s to the present in the Sea Islands of South Carolina, the Civil Rights movement, and Appalachia by two long-time associates of the Highlander Center in east Tennessee.

For four decades Foxfire has helped students document and preserve the stories, crafts, trades, and the personalities of their families, neighbors, and friends throughout the region.

Save Our Cumberland Mountains
A non-profit Tennessee grassroots citizen's organization working for environmental, social, and economic justice, in areas such as forestry, strip mining, toxic waste, tax reform, dismantling racism, and other issues on a local level.

Appalachian Studies Association
Formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

Appalachian Community Fund
Provides resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia—East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia.

Coal River Mountain Watch
A grassroots organization begun in 1998 in response to the fear and frustration of people living near or downstream from mountaintop removal mining sites in southern West Virginia. They began as a small group of volunteers working to organize the residents of their community to fight for social, economic, and environmental justice.


A conservation and public benefit aviation non-profit that provides skilled pilots and aerial education to enhance conservation efforts across the Southeast. Our team and our service are unique, combining the knowledge of conservation issues with experienced piloting skills.



Keeper of the Mountain Foundation
A foundation created to fund Larry Gibson's efforts to preserve and foster the values of mountain culture from his home in Cabin Creek, West Virginia. KOTM also supports his ongoing effort to tell the story of the destruction of Kayford Mountain and the surrounding community as a result of mountain top removal.


Tennessee Coal Ash Survivors Network
Formed after the December 22, 2008 coal ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant in Kingston, TN. TCASN wants to help the community get through this disaster, giving residents hope, comfort, aid, a voice in the community, air monitoring and sampling data, heavy metal testing for the people, and environmental information.


United Mountain Defense
Information about mountaintop removal coal mining, its impacts, and how to fight it in Tennessee. Includes photos and notices about public events.


Climate Ground Zero
Climate Ground Zero is not another environmental organization. It is an ongoing campaign of non-violent civil disobedience in southern West Virginia to address mountaintop removal coal mining and its effects on our future.


Through, members of the Alliance for Appalachia have come together to use cutting edge technology to inform and involve Americans in their efforts to save mountain and communities.


Aurora Lights
Supports locally based projects that strengthen the connections within and between human communities and their natural environment by promoting environmental and social action. Ultimately, we hope to restore a sense of the sacred balance between the Earth and the human community that will promote sustainable and thoughtful land stewardship.


Mountain Justice
Mountain Justice seeks to add to the growing anti-MTR citizens movement. Specifically we demand an abolition of MTR, steep slope strip mining and all other forms of surface mining for coal. We work to protect the cultural and natural heritage of the Appalachia coalfields. We work to contribute with grassroots organizing, public education, nonviolent civil disobedience and other forms of citizen action.


Mountaintop Removal Road Show
The Mountaintop Removal Road Show includes a stunning 20-minute slide show about the impacts of mountaintop removal on coalfield residents, communities and the environment, and features traditional Appalachian mountain music and shocking aerial photos of decapitated Appalachian mountains.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
A statewide citizens organization working for a new balance of power and a just society. As we work together we build our strength, individually and as a group, and we find solutions to real life problems. We use direct action to challenge-and change-unfair political, economic and social systems. Our membership is open to all people who are committed to equality, democracy and non-violent change.

Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development
MACED creates economic alternatives that work for people and places in Appalachian Kentucky. We aim to promote “high road” development efforts—strategies that result in adequate wages and meaningful work, protect the environment and make a difference to communities most in need. We work with people to demonstrate development ideas that work, provide financial capital and expertise to make them a reality, and conduct research and educational activities that support meaningful public policy.

Christians for the Mountains
A network of people committed to advocating that Christians and their churches recognize their God-given responsibility to live compatibly and sustainably upon this earth God has created.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
OVEC organizes and maintains a diverse grassroots organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the environment through education, grassroots organizing and coalition building, leadership development and media outreach.

Healing Harvest Forest Foundation
Established in 1999 to develop, implement and support community-based sustainable forestry initiatives through the widespread use of animal-powered (horse, mule, oxen) extraction of logs and "worst first" single tree selection of individual trees in timber harvesting.

Mountain Works Sustainable Development
The Mission of Mountain Works is to provide and promote value-driven goods and services which are required of and result from hands on, ecologically participatory life-ways in the mountain environment.

Highlander Research and Education Center
Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. We work with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, we help create spaces—at Highlander and in local communities—where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible.

Appalachian Voices
Appalachian Voices brings people together to solve the environmental problems having the greatest impact on the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. Our mission is to empower people to defend our region's rich natural and cultural heritage by providing them with tools and strategies for successful grassroots campaigns.


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