Trail Angel Picnic- May 24

The NRV Sierra Group 8th Annual Trail Angel Picnic will be held on Sunday, May 24, from 4-7 p.m. at the AT crossing of Stony Creek Rd. (VA 635), about 11 miles in from Rte. 460, just east of Pearisburg. To carpool from Blacksburg, meet at the University City Blvd. Kroger parking lot near the […]

Mountain Valley Pipeline Resistance Rally

On March 21, a couple hundred people gathered on Henderson Lawn for the MVP Resistance Rally. There were numerous speakers and musicians, with speeches and songs opposing the pipeline. Various members of the media were in attendance, such as Robbie Harris with WVTF, who provided this report. Thank you to everyone involved in this successful […]


Rally Opposing the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Who Co-Sponsors: Sierra Club- Virginia Chapter, Sierra Club- New River Valley Group, Preserve NRV, Preserve Montgomery County, Preserve Giles County, Virginians for Equality and Sensible Laws What Rally to oppose the MVP Pipeline with speakers from above groups plus state senator John Edwards, candidate for 19th state senate district Mike Hamlar, Andrew Whitley on behalf […]


Mountain Valley Pipeline Documentary

Lucid Media has been creating a wonderful documentary series on the Mountain Valley Pipeline opposition. To watch the episodes click here.


Forest Service Seeks Comments on Authorizing Surveys for the Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline on the Jefferson National Forest

(January 21, 2015) Roanoke, VA– The Forest Service is seeking comments on whether to allow surveys on a 2-mile segment of the Jefferson National Forest for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline in Giles and Montgomery counties, Virginia, and Monroe County, West Virginia. Proposed environmental surveys include surveying wetlands, water, soil, and suitable habitat for sensitive […]

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Mill Creek and Angel’s Rest One-Way Hike

January 25, one-way hike  We will join the Roanoke Outdoor and Social Club’s hike to Angel’s Rest. Blacksburg area folks will meet at the Blacksburg University City Blvd. Kroger parking lot near the bus stop at 8:15. We will climb along Mill Creek in Narrows to the spur trail off of Afterthought Trail that leads […]


Virginia Sierra Club Chapter 2014 General Assembly Scorecard

The Virginia Sierra Club chapter has released its 2014 General Assembly scorecard. Click here for a comprehensive report. Notice in our area, Senator Edwards is one of the only legislators who is a friend of the environment, introducing a bill to advance clean energy (SB 350- Expanding Net Energy Metering). If you would like to […]

Share Pipeline Concerns with FERC and Elected Officials

EQT has filed their paperwork with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, docket PF15-3. If you have individual questions about your legal rights, contact Joe Lovett at Appalachian Mountain Advocates. Now is the time to write to FERC, sharing your concerns. Send your letter to: Kimberley Bose, Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street NE […]

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Anti-Pipeline Meeting with Joe Lovett, environmental lawyer, Elise Keaton, current director of the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation in WV, and Issac Howell who is a FERC expert in Roanoke

October 28, 7:00 pm Blacksburg Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church Here’s their plan for the 28th: 1) Attending: Joe Lovett, Issac Howell who is a FERC expert in Roanoke, and Elise. 2) Goals: To provide information specifically on the Mountain Valley Pipeline for how we can proceed and what our legal rights are. They cannot solicit […]

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EQT Pipeline

People in the New River Valley are organizing to stop what is known as the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Our upcoming Sierra Club group’s October meeting (October 15, 7:00 pm at Lucie Monroe’s in Christiansburg) will be devoted to discussing how we can best help. Continue reading below to learn about the proposed pipeline and how […]

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Is Appalachian Power your utility? If so, the Sierra Club needs your help!

Appalachian Power is seeking approval from the State Corporation Commission to “tax the sun.” AEP wants to collect a monthly tax from utility customers who have installed solar panels on their property. Dominion already collects a $50/ month tax on larger home solar systems, and AEP is seeking to replicate this tax in their service […]


Wonderful time at the 7th annual Trail Angel Picnic

Everyone, Sierra Club members and thru hikers, enjoyed this year’s picnic. Take a look at the photos below to see why (click to enlarge images).

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Sierra Club 7th Annual Trail Angel Picnic

Sunday, May 25 4:00-7:00 pm Stony Creek Rd (VA 635) at the Appalachian Trail footbridge, just past Whistle Stop Join us as we feed many thankful thru-hikers as they make their way along the trail. The group will provide hotdogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side dish, beverage, or dessert and a chair. Carpool from […]


Radford Army Ammunition Plant Public Meeting

The Radford Army Ammunition Plant will be holding a public meeting to discuss the environmental stewardship program. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the New River Valley Business center from 7:00-8:00 pm. There will be a presentation based on questions submitted by community members and then they will open the floor […]

NRV Sierra Club Monthly Email Listserv

Do you receive our monthly emails? There are so many wonderful things to share in the New River Valley, and not everything gets posted on our website. The following is the email for April. If you would like to subscribe to receive these emails, please send a message to VIRGINIA-NEWRIVER-NEWS@LISTS.SIERRACLUB.ORG . April 2014 Events for […]


Gasland II in April

The NRV Sierra Club group and Sustainable Blacksburg are co-sponsoring the showing of the film, Gasland II at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Blacksburg. The film will be shown on Friday, April 18 from 7:00-9:00 pm. After the film, there will be a discussion. Please join us and bring a friend.


Air Quality Concerns

The NRV Sierra Club Group is concerned about the air quality in our area, and most especially in the areas surrounding the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. If you live in an area of concern or detect air that has an odor, such a chemical smell, contact Molly O’Dell (Montgomery County Health Department Director) by email […]

Fall 2013 NRV Sierra Club Newsletter

Our fall newsletter will be mailed to our members this week. In the meantime, it is also available on our website, along with past issues, here.


Virginia Sierra Club 2013 Fall Annual Gathering

Friday, September 20- Sunday, September 22: Caroline Furnace Lutheran Church Camp and Retreat Center, Fort Valley, VA Every year Virginia Sierra Club members join together for a weekend of hiking, music, fun and, of course, learning about how to protect our natural environment in Virginia. This 3 day, 2 night gathering includes nature hikes, Virginia […]

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Stadium Woods Tour with Dr. Jeff Kirwan

September 24, 5:00 pm Join Jeff Kirwan and Rebekah Paulson for a tour, walk and talk in Stadium Woods. Meet in the Cranwell International Parking Lot at the end of Clay Street in the Peace Garden. Learn more about the history, flora and fauna and the old-growth urban forest ecosystem. Please join us for an […]

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McAfee Knob Hike- Sunday, September 15

Strenuous 7.4 mile round trip hike with amazing views. Meet at the University City Blvd. Kroger parking lot in Blacksburg, street side, at 9:30 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes and layers, and bring water and lunch. Contact: Maria, 540-239-2583. See you there!

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Board of Visitors Meeting- September 9

The VT Board of Visitors (BOV) will receive an update on the Indoor Athletic Practice Facility. It is extremely important to show support for Preserving Stadium Woods by attending these meetings. Please join Friends of Stadium Woods (FOSW) at 10:00 am in the Solitude room at The Inn at Virginia Tech for the Building and […]


RFAAP Community Meeting

The RAAP is holding a community meeting to discuss their environmental program. Staff members from the U.S. Army and BAE Systems, will be on hand to engage with public. The meeting will be one hour in length. There will be an agenda that addresses some of the topics received from community members since the last […]

Radford Outdoor Summer Nature Series: Wildwood’s Wonderful Fungi

Thursday, August 22, 2013, 7:30pm Learn about the hidden world of Mushrooms. When do we see them and where are they when we don’t? How do they “make a living’ and why it is so important to the ecosystem. We will look at some common mushrooms in photos and also see what’s growing in the […]

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Steppin’ Out

Want to have two hours of fun at our booth this year? Please consider signing up for a two hour shift on August 2 and/or 3 between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm. Sign up here: http://www.doodle.com/xm33nma2uviiygaq

New River State Park New River Celebration

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10am-4pm   Love the New River? Join New River State Park staff and special guests for our annual New River Celebration Day! Have fun with your family for a day of special activities, beginning at 10:00 am and going until 4:00 pm. The event will be held at the park’s Hwy […]

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NRV Sierra Club Monthly Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, June 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Lucie Monroe’s in Christiansburg for our monthly meeting. This month’s speaker will be James Harder. James is a candidate for the VA House of Delegates, 12th District and is challenging incumbent Joseph Yost. Come hear what he has to say on important […]

Elk Garden Hike

Join us on Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 am for a one way hike from Elk Garden, past Buzzard Rock and down to Rte. 58, heading south on the Appalachian Trail. Just under 7 miles with a moderate, short climb up Whitetop Mtn. followed by 4-5 miles of downhill and level terrain. Great views from […]

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Friends of Stadium Woods General Informational Meeting

On Monday, June 24 at 7:00 pm at the community room in the Blacksburg Library, join Rebekah Paulson and Jeff Kirwan and other FOSW’s to learn more about the SW Endowment Fund; FOSW goals; how you can help; what’s up with the woods; the APF; parking/no parking; and ask questions and provide input. There are […]

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Great time at the Trail Angel Picnic

Plenty of thankful hikers joined us for our sixth annual picnic on Sunday, May 26. The weather was beautiful, and it was a nice opportunity to chat with hikers about their journeys. If the pictures below make you think you missed out on a wonderful day, you should join us next year!


Update On RAAP Permit Modification Meeting

The RAAP has decided NOT to pursue the now-Class 3 permit modification request to  double the amount of chromium burned in the Open Burning Grounds. They will postpone this modification until its current operating permit comes up for renewal in 2015. This is a significant development; however, the public meeting will still be held on […]

Important Public Meeting Concerning a Possible Permit Change at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant

Class 2 MOD Article_20Mar2013_13270971 13-0900-037 Payment to VADEQ Receipts Control_20Mar2013 A public meeting will be held at the New River Competitiveness Center on Tuesday, April 23 from 6-7 pm to consider a change in permit for the open burning ground at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. The plant proposes to double the amount of chromium […]

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Spring Clean Your Closet and Help Our Local Group

Starting in April we will be one of many Sierra Club Chapters & Groups across the country collecting gently used outdoor gear and apparel. When you donate, we’ll send your gear on a whole new adventure by selling it on eBay to benefit our local group. This is part of a national Sierra Club campaign […]

Virginia Master Naturalist Program: 6 Day Training

The New River Valley Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program is offering their basic training course in a special 6-day training event to be held at the Mountain Lake Biological Station. Training will be held Saturday-Sunday-Monday (July 27- 29) AND Thursday-Friday-Saturday (August 1-3, 2013). For more information, visit the Virginia Master Naturalist website http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org […]


Take Action on the Keystone Pipline

On Sunday, January 17, about 35,000 Americans gathered at the Washington Monument to send a strong and clear message to President Obama. We want him to take strong action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent serious climate disruption. The president can begin by refusing to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline that […]

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Roanoke Times Article on the ATSDR Open House

Here is the latest Roanoke Times article on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry evaluation: Meeting focuses on quality of water near Radford Army Ammunition Plant.

ATSDR Will Begin Evaluation

Here is the latest article in the Roanoke Times: Water at Radford arsenal concerns federal agency. If you have questions or concerns, please consider coming to the open house at Belview Elementary on January 24 from 6:30-8:30 PM.

New River Sierra Group Investigates the Radford Army Ammunition Plant

The Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP), located in Radford, Virginia, is the only active full-spectrum military propellant manufacturing center in the U.S. It produces rocket and gun propellants and other energetic materials. Built in the 1940s to support military ammunition requirements during World War II, it continues today as a chief supplier for army ammunitions. […]

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Green Roofs and April Member Meeting

Our April meeting will be WEDNESDAY, April 18 AT 7PM it will be held in the Meeting Room at LUCIE MONROE’S 1600 ROANOKE ST, SUITE B, CHRISTIANSBURG, VA. Lucie Monroe’s is a local coffee shop that also recently began serving local beers and wine. They do have a menu, however, dinner will not be the focus […]



Want to know what Bob McDonnell’s uranium commission is up to?  Want to know who is attending the commission’s meetings? Sorry, that information is confidential. That’s right, Bob McDonnell has decided you shouldn’t be allowed to know what his commission is discussing having declared the proceedings “confidential governor’s working papers.”  That means you and I […]

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The Virginia Chapter Supports Preserving Stadium Woods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2012 Contact: Chris Wilson Chairperson New River Valley Group, Sierra Club cwilson1101@gmail.com 757-202-331 The Virginia Chapter Sierra Club supports the permanent protection of the old-growth forest on the Virginia Tech campus known as “Stadium Woods.” We ask that the VT Athletic Department and the VT Board of Visitors build new […]


Green your Garden!

Despite the frigid temperatures outside, spring is right around the corner! And with that comes gardening season. Gardening can be one of the most environmentally friendly actions a person does…or it can be the most un-environmentally friendly depending on how it’s done. Here are some easy tips for making your garden as earth friendly as […]

Group News

Minutes for August 2015

Minutes for August 2015

August 19 Christiansburg, VA- Lucie Monroe’s Attending Members: Larry Bernath, Susan Gaskins, Maria Bowling, Tom Hoffman, David Jenkins, John Ford, Bruce Grimes The meeting began with a discussion of the issues with a regular meeting venue, and possible locations.  The meeting time was also discussed, with regard to a possible move to an earlier time, […]

Meeting Minutes

Minutes for October 2014

Minutes for October 2014

Lucy Monroe’s, Christiansburg, VA October, 15 2014 7:00 pm Attendees: Members: Maria Bowling, David Jenkins, Jessica Bennett, Mary Ratliff, Tom Hoffman, Bruce Grimes, Barbara Valenza Non-Members: Torsten Sponnenberg, Deb Schug, Tina Badger, Tim Badger The meeting began with introductions of attendees and discussion of the status of the EQT Mountain Valley Pipeline project and organizing […]


Dismal Falls Hike

Dismal Falls Hike

Sunday, December 14. Easy/moderate, just over four miles. We will hike from VA 606 to the falls, check out the ice formations, have lunch, and then head back. Total elevation change of about 600 feet. Dress in layers and bring lunch and water. Carpool from the Blacksburg University City Blvd. Kroger (near the bus stop) […]

Past Outings

Rice Field Sunset Hike- September 10

Rice Field Sunset Hike- September 10

NRV Sierra Sunset Hike to the Rice Field, Wednesday, September 10. Moderate, ~5 miles round trip. We will hike north on the Appalachian Trail from where it crosses Pocahontas Rd., past the Rice Field Shelter to the viewpoint, arriving at sunset. The moon will be just past full, but bring a flashlight or headlamp for […]

Upcoming Meetings

NRV Sierra Club October Meeting

NRV Sierra Club October Meeting

October 15, 7:00-9:00 pm Join us in the meeting room at Lucie Monroe’s Coffee Shop (Gateway Plaza, Bus. 460 in Christiansburg) for this month’s meeting. This month’s meeting will be featuring a discussion and action plan for the proposed pipeline through southwest Va. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Outings

Tinker Cliffs Hike

Join us for a hike on Sunday, August 25. We will meet in the Lowe’s parking lot in Christiansburg on Peppers Ferry Rd. If you have questions or can’t find us, contact Maria Bowling at 540-239-2583.


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