Jefferson National Forest

Walter Smith

Far Southwestern Virginia has long been what’s called, an ‘extraction economy,’ where coal and other resources are dug up and shipped out.  Now, local leaders are looking to a new attraction economy, based on Eco- and Agri-tourism, and all that comes with it.

Courtesy Appalachians Against Pipeline

Activists who oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline are living in the Jefferson National Forest, hoping to delay the project. Two tree sitters have been on Peters Mountain in West Virginia for more than a month.  And one woman has been living on a monopod, in a section of forest where pipeline construction is slated to take place.