Environment

Local researcher aids tiger study

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has been involved in helping the Indian government save that nation's tiger population.   Courtesy photo by  Robert Fleischer

December 9th, 2014

A new research paper published on the internationally peer-reviewed publication “PLOS One” offers new methods of preserving and enhancing the population of tigers in central India.

Riverkeeper prepares to fight EPA

December 4th, 2014

The Shenandoah Riverkeeper is preparing to comment on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s draft for the 2014 Integrated Report.

Officials pass water resolution

November 21st, 2014

FRONT ROYAL–The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission passed a resolution Thursday evening to endorse adding a water supply and quality planning special assessment to its 2016 fiscal year budget.

Local conservationist expresses concerns over fracking

November 19th, 2014

Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in small portion of the George Washington National Forest drew praise from environmentalists and energy advocates alike.

Holiday spirit?

A turkey walks past this car in the parking area at the Shenandoah and Warren County line near Cedar Creek on U.S. Route  11.  Rich Cooley/Daily

November 17th, 2014

A wild turkey spotted at Cedar Creek near U.S. Route 11 in Strasburg has become a source of entertainment for local residents.

Park considers plan for chronic wasting disease

November 13th, 2014

Shenandoah National Park wants to amend its plan for managing chronic wasting disease, which recently was detected in white-tailed deer 12 miles from the park’s northern borders.

County close to selling cluttered property

October 27th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County and a homeowner’s association inched closer Monday to forcing a Linden resident to surrender her house and three acres of land as compensation for unpaid bills.

Group: Nitrate levels in streams on rise

October 17th, 2014

BERRYVILLE — The Friends of the Shenandoah River have monitored the river and its streams since 1989. And they have some startling results that may have a direct impact on local residents.

Citizen scientist makes big find

October 15th, 2014

Alex Newhart, a volunteer with Virginia Working Landscapes, knows firsthand the difference a citizen scientist can make.

Autumn splendor

October 3rd, 2014

The mountains are dappled with specks of brilliant red and crisp yellows, and leaves are starting to blanket the ground. Fall has arrived, and tree experts say it is going to be a colorful year.

Foresters wary of fall fire risk

October 2nd, 2014

Fall wildlife fire season arrived Wednesday accompanied by warnings from the Virginia Department of Forestry about the risks of burning trash and yard debris at this time of year.

Easement authority turns focus to education outreach

October 2nd, 2014

With the prospect of receiving fairly consistent funds in the future, Shenandoah County’s Conservation Easement Authority will start focusing on educational outreach over the next year.

Front Royal aims to conserve water

September 29th, 2014

Front Royal released a public notice Monday asking residents to take part in voluntary water conservation practices due to a reduction in the Shenandoah River’s flow rates.