Appalachian Voices (Boone, NC)


  • Name:Rachael Goss
  • Title:Director of Foundation Relations

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Appalachian Voices
  • Address:191 Howard Street
    Boone, NC 28607
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:828-262-1500
  • Main fax:828-262-1540

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User Phone

  • Direct phone:678-315-2405

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  • Mission:
  • Appalachian Voices brings people together to protect the land, air and water of central and southern Appalachia. We empower people to defend our region’s rich natural and cultural heritage by providing them with tools and strategies for successful grassroots campaigns. Since the impacts of coal threaten Appalachia more than any other single source of pollution, we are committed to reducing coal’s impact on the region and advancing our vision for a cleaner energy future.

    We envision a day when the integrity of the land, air and water of central and southern Appalachia is protected for future generations, and the region is upheld as a national model of a vibrant, just and sustainable economy.

  • History:
  • * 1998 - Appalachian Voices helped found Coal River Mountain Watch and began work alongside coalfield residents brave enough to speak out against the devastation being wrought by big coal companies.
    * Late 1990’s – Southern forests faced a new threat from the wood chip mill industry interested in these forests’ capability to provide the hardwoods necessary for pulp and paper production. Appalachian Voices worked alongside groups including the Dogwood Alliance, Wild South and the Western North Carolina Alliance to halt the chip mill invasion.
    * 2002 – Alongside coalfield allies, Appalachian Voices helped organize the Coal Summit in Charleston, SC. This summit brought together, for the first time, all the organizations working on mountain top removal from legal, legislative and grassroots levels.
    * 2002 - Our coalition work for clean air in North Carolina proved successful when the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Clean Smokestacks Act that year.
    * 2003 – Since the beginning, Appalachian Voices has been dedicated to bringing mountaintop removal to communities across America, and in 2003, our first Appalachian Treasures Tour took off, marking the beginning of one of our most effective outreach strategies to date.
    * 2004 – Appalachian Voices recognized the importance of the growing environmental faith movement, and helped form Christians for the Mountains. This non-denominational religious campaign tapped into the idea of caring for creation, providing a powerful ally in the fight to end mountaintop removal.
    * 2006 - Appalachian Voices crafted an online tool harnessing the power of Google Earth and the visual nature of the issue of mountaintop removal. With guidance from Wilson Orr, the Director of the USGS Science Impact Center and a team of interns from Oberlin College, the launch of in the fall coincided with Appalachian Voice’s first week in Washington, and has become the premiere resource and action center for the campaign to end mountaintop removal.
    * 2006 - Appalachian Voices expanded use of Google Earth to create the National Memorial for the Mountains, a tribute to 472 mountains that had already been destroyed, and mapped them together with the stories, videos and images from over two dozen communities impacted by the destruction.
    * 2006 - Appalachian Voices and twelve other organizations came together to form the Alliance for Appalachia. Early investor interest in mountaintop removal encouraged this alliance, which continues efforts throughout Central Appalachia works to expose the true cost of coal and promote clean energy and a sustainable economy for the region.
    * 2006 - Appalachian Voices began working extensively in Virginia to oppose the construction of new coal-fired power plants. With the aim of supporting legislation modeled after North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act, we worked with the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Sierra Club and the American Lung Association to support Virginian Clean Smokestacks legislation.
    * 2007 – Using Google Earth, we launched “My Connection”, allowing users from across the country to enter their zip codes and discover if mountaintop removal coal is the source of their local energy.
    * 2007 - The Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act (AMPA) was first introduced in the North Carolina House, and was later reintroduced with 30 bipartisan co-sponsors. Appalachian Voices seized on the momentum of AMPA and increased outreach efforts, and by 2009, the bill had been introduced in five states.
    * 2007 - Our commitment to affecting change on the federal level led to est

  • Year established:1997
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:21


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:

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