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Thank you for taking the time to learn about some of the issues facing the Coal River Valley and Central Appalachia. 

This page outlines various groups engaged in the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining, and groups pushing for developing renewable energy alternatives such as the Coal River Mountain Wind Farm.

To learn more about the Coal River Wind campaign, visit There, you will find the Coal River Wind petition, as well as the contact information for the decision-makers who could influence the future of Coal River Mountain.   Organizing for Wind Power is a guide that provides information and tools to help you effectively promote wind power as a viable coal alternative.  All of the groups listed below are working for change throughout the Central Appalachian coalfields.

Group links are organized by area.

REGIONAL     West Virginia    Kentucky    Virginia    Tennessee


 West Virginia

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Coal River Mountain Watch

WV Highlands Conservancy

OVEC is a grassroots group dedicated to preserving West Virginia's environment through education, coalition building, organizing, and media outreach. Founded 1987 The mission of Coal River Mountain Watch is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities. Formed in 1967 to preserve the natural beauty of the West Virginia Highlands, the Conservancy is the state’s oldest environmental advocacy organization.

WV Environmental Council

WV Rivers Coalition

The mission of the West Virginia Environmental Council is to facilitate communication and cooperation among citizens in promoting environmental protection in West Virginia. The Coalition’s mission is to seek the conservation and restoration of West Virginia’s exceptional rivers and streams.  



Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

Kentucky Waterways Alliance

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a statewide citizens organization working for a new balance of power and a just society. Our membership is open to all people who are committed to equality, democracy and non-violent change. MACED works to create economic alternatives that make a difference to people and places in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. Kentucky Waterways Alliance: Working to protect and restore Kentucky’s waterways.




Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards


Blue Ridge Earth First!      

 Wise Energy for Virginia is a growing coalition of national, regional and local organizations committed to securing a clean energy future for Virginia. Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards is a community organization in southwest Virginia working to address the impacts of mountaintop removal. Blue Ridge Earth First! is comprised of activists from throughout the beautiful and biodiverse mountains and piedmont of Virginia.



United Mountain Defense

Save Our Cumberland Mountains

United Mountain Defense is a nonprofit organization committed to halting mountaintop removal coal mining (otherwise referred to as cross ridge or contour mining) in Tennessee. The mission of SOCM is to assist Tennessee residents to protect, defend and improve the quality of life in their communities and across the state. SOCM is working toward environmental, economic and social justice for all Tennessee residents.





Regional Groups

Student Environmental Action Coalition

Mountain Justice


The Student Environmental Action Coaltion is a grassroots coalition of student and youth environmental groups, working together to protect our planet and our future. Mountain Justice is a call to action for the people to stand up against the final destruction of our life supporting ecosystems—mountain range removal. We need your help to fight the coal companies. Founded in 1996, SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization that provides skilled pilots and aerial education to enhance conservation efforts across the Southeast. SouthWings flights are contributing significantly to increased public and media awareness of regional environmental issues, particularly mountaintop removal coal mining.

Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment

Appalachian Voices


The Appalachian Center is a non-profit public interest law and policy organization dedicated to protecting the communities and natural resources of central Appalachia and advocating for a just and sustainable economy for the region. 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. Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment

Alliance for Appalachia



Christians for the Mountains



The Alliance for Appalachia is a collaboration of thirteen organizations in Central Appalachia working to bring an end to the devastating coal mining technique known as mountaintop removal.   Christians For The Mountains is a network of persons committed to advocating that Christians and their churches recognize their God-given responsibility to live compatibly and sustainably upon this earth God has created.  


To Learn More about Mountaintop Removal and to help bring an end to the destruction of Appalachia...

  1. Visit  Find out what Your Connection is to MTR.
  2. Learn about the Clean Water Protection Act
  3. Learn about the Appalachia Restoration Act
  4. Learn about and Support Dave Cooper and his Mountaintop Removal Road Show
  5. Order your copy of Kilowatt Ours, Mountaintop Removal, Burning the Future, Mountain Mourning, Black Diamonds, Rise Up! West Virginia, and more...
  6. Keep up with WV Gazette Environmental Reporter Ken Ward's blog, "Coal Tattoo"