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July 24, 2020: Turn That Abandoned Mine Land in Your Communty Into an Asset
The Plains, OH — Abandoned mine lands throughout Appalachian Ohio are being converted into economic assets thanks to several reclamation programs, and an upcoming webinar will offer details on how your community can apply for grants to assist in local efforts. On July 29, Rural Action will host Economic Opportunities for Ohio’s Coal Communities, a webinar that will offer guidance on how to secure funding for projects like the Moonville Rail Trail in southeastern Ohio, which received a $1.15 million grant from the Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program.

June 3, 2020: Resilience Fund Offers Grants to Struggling Businesses, Nonprofits
The Plains, OH Six organizations have banded together to create a Resilience Fund to offer rapid-response grants to businesses and nonprofits facing serious economic challenges in Appalachian Ohio and the Mid-Ohio Valley counties of West Virginia. The fund, which also is seeking donations to fuel the effort, will offer quick access to  grants ranging from $500 to $3,000. Businesses also will be able to receive information about loans, capital investment, and other grant sources.

June 2, 2020: Kids Can Go to Camp This Summer — in Their own Backyard
The Plains,  OH — Sunday Creek Camp will make it possible for kids to get their feet wet this summer while practicing safe social distancing. After signing up, campers will receive a backpack full of snacks and supplies. Each day from June 22 through 26, kids will log on to an online platform to learn about the day’s activities and receive basic instructions before heading out to explore their neck of the woods.

May 26, 2020: Get Your Passport to Fishing with Rural Action
The Plains, OH — Are you looking for a new activity to get your family outside and enjoying nature in a safe way? Are you interested in learning about fishing from the comfort of your  home?  Then join Rural Action as we take our annual  Passport to the Outdoors event online. Starting Saturday, May 30, at 1 p.m.,  we will be hosting a four-part Passport to Fishing webinar series with a live video event each  Saturday at 1 p.m., culminating on June 20,  which is Ohio’s free fishing weekend.

May 8, 2020: Morgan County Fund to Help Small Businesses
Morgan County, Ohio — Morgan County community leaders, in partnership with Rural Action, have developed a fund to support small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 8, 2020: Free Outdoor Educational Activities  Available
Mineral City, Ohio Rural Action, whose Tuscarawas County office is based in Mineral City, is offering a blog that is updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with new environmental activities for kids and curious adults. The blog can be viewed at

March 3, 2020: True Pigments, Gamblin Artists Colors Plan Release Party for Paints Made From Pollution
The Plains, OH — True Pigments, LLC, a social enterprise of Rural Action, is throwing a release party on March 19 to unveil a limited-edition oil paint set that Gamblin Artists Colors created from acid mine drainage (AMD).

Feb. 24, 2020: Support Watershed Restoration at the Mud Run Fish Fry
Mineral City, Ohio — The Mud Run Stream Keepers will host their Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, March 7 from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Tuscarawas VFW Post 7943. Dinners will be $10 each and include fresh fish, fries, coleslaw, a roll, and dessert.  Bring the entire family to support watershed restoration, education, and outreach in your community.

Feb. 14, 2020: Count Birds This Weekend, Then Get Ready for Birds in the Hills
The Plains, Ohio — While you’re participating in the 23rd annual Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Birds in the Hills, a three-day festival in May that celebrates Southeast Ohio’s feathered friends.

Nov. 14, 2019: Rural Action’s True Pigments Earns National Prize for Social Innovation
New York City –The J.M. Kaplan Fund announced today the results of its nationwide search to identify ten exceptionally catalytic social and environmental change initiatives. One of the ten awardees –True Pigments – is an environmental-justice initiative of Rural Action based in Ohio that offers a powerful new model for the environmental field.

Nov. 1, 2019: West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative Gets an Assist from Rural Action
Ginseng, goldenseal, black-cohosh, ramps … these native Appalachian plants are prized around the world for their culinary and medicinal properties.  The West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative (WVFFI), a new project funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, will help West Virginia become a leader in responsibly cultivating and supplying these plants

Oct. 8, 2019: $1.2m Grant Will Boost Towns, Businesses Near Baileys Trail System
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced the award of $1.2 million to support development of the Baileys Trail System on the Wayne National Forest, provide branding and marketing assistance geared towards increasing tourism to the region, and training opportunities for local businesses and communities to help position southeast Ohio as a destination for mountain bikers, trail runners, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Aug. 31, 2019: Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative Joins Rural Action
Rural Action announces the Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative has joined the nonprofit and Michelle Ajamian will serve as Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative Network Manager. Working through Rural Action’s Sustainable Agriculture Program, Michelle will help connect and support people working within the staple foods realm in Central Appalachia and will assess ways to scale the work nationally

Aug. 20, 2019: Learn How to Diversify Revenue at Whole Farm Planning workshop
Woodland Ridge Farm & Learning Center is working with Rural Action to hold a Whole Farm Planning workshop on Sept. 28. The workshop will show participants how Whole Farm Planning can tie together planning for traditionally separate areas while also encouraging new and existing agribusiness ventures to create new sources of income.

December 13, 2018: Rural Action Announces Acquisition of UpGrade Ohio
Rural Action is pleased to announce that UpGrade Ohio has become a part of Rural Action, increasing the organizations capacity to work in the sustainable energy sector.

May 15, 2018: Rural Action to Hold Meet and Greet With New CEO, Debbie Phillips
Rural Action invites community members to join them on Thursday, May 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a Meet and Greet with Rural Action’s new CEO Debbie Phillips. The Meet and Greet will take place at Rural Action’s Kuhre Center for Rural Renewal at 9030 Hocking Hills Drive, The Plains, Ohio. Beverages and a light snack will be provided.

April 3, 2018: Rural Action Announces Debbie Phillips as new CEO
Rural Action is pleased to announce Debbie Phillips as Rural Action’s new Chief Executive Officer. She will begin her new role effective April 9, 2018.

January 31, 2018: Rural Action Announces Search for New CEO
Rural Action’s Board of Directors announced today their search for a new Chief Executive Officer to replace Michelle Decker, who leaves in March to begin her appointment as President and CEO of The Community Foundation, based in Riverside, CA.

January 25, 2017: New 0% Interest Loan Financing Available to Beginning Farmers in Southeast Ohio
The growth of southeast Ohio’s local food economy depends on the success of new and beginning farmers. Now, more farmers will be able to access small business loans with the creation of the Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture Impact Fund. The Fund will partner with the non-profit Kiva (online at to help provide 0% interest loans to beginning farmers.

November 1, 2017: New Program Seeks to Increase Sales of Local Herb Products
Rural Action’s Sustainable Forestry Program, in partnership with United Plant Savers, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded funding through the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Services 2017 Conservation Innovation Grant program to assist forest landowners in Ohio and West Virginia with forest management planning that increases the sustainable cultivation of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), such as ginseng, goldenseal, and ramps.

October 23, 2017: Market Gardening for Families
Community members are invited to a family friendly event this Saturday, October 28th to learn about opportunities to grow produce for improving health as well as ways to provide supplemental income for families with young children. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Marion Community Center, 7474 College St., Chesterhill, Ohio, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The event will feature a free light lunch and pumpkin decorating for the children. All are welcome!

September 7, 2017: Sustainable Business Social to Share Green Resources
Local businesses and organizations are invited to attend the Sustainable Business Social, an informal networking event organized by Rural Action, Upgrade Ohio, and the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council. Attendees will learn what tools and resources are available to improve their sustainability and lessen their environmental impact. Representatives from Athens Impact Socially Responsible Investing, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers, and more will be on hand to discuss the services they have to offer. A complimentary dinner will be served, followed by time for networking and socializing.

September 7, 2017: Sustainable Business Social to Share Green Resources
Local businesses and organizations are invited to attend the Sustainable Business Social, an informal networking event organized by Rural Action, Upgrade Ohio, and the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council. Attendees will learn what tools and resources are available to improve their sustainability and lessen their environmental impact. Representatives from Athens Impact Socially Responsible Investing, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers, and more will be on hand to discuss the services they have to offer. A complimentary dinner will be served, followed by time for networking and socializing.

July 31, 2017: Beer businesses give back during Ohio Brew Week 
Every year, Ohio Brew Week is undoubtedly the most anticipated week for beer sales in the Athens area. This year, Eclipse Company Store Craft Beer Hall, Jackie O’s Taproom and Brewery, and Fat Head’s Brewery, teamed up with Coldwater Consulting, LLC., an environmental consulting group, to give back in support of clean water projects through Rural Action and Raccoon Creek Partnership.

June 20, 2017: Community members invited to tour sites highlighting current work with Rural Action
Community members are invited to join Rural Action’s Sunday Creek Watershed for the annual Sunday Creek Watershed Tour on Friday, July 7, 2017. During the tour, participants will learn about the Millfield Mine disaster, acid mine drainage affecting the region, possible solutions to the acid mine drainage problem with an artistic flair, and tour the Tom Jenkins Dam at Burr Oak.

April 19, 2017: 2017 Student Move Out Reduces, Reuses, and Recycles
Ohio University students will be moving out of their dorms and off-campus residences beginning on April 24th, and it has never been easier to donate, reuse, and recycle. Ohio University Campus Recycling and Zero Waste estimates that eighty percent of all Move Out waste can be recycled or reused, and this goal can be accomplished if students either reuse their belongings, or take advantage of the numerous donation sites and free pickups available to them.

April 10, 2017: Small businesses and non-profits from across the nation to meet at West Virginia University for the second annual Appalachian Conference on Social Enterprise
Learn from top social enterprises from across the nation. Mountain Tech Media hailing from Berea, Kentucky, is a digital media firm that helps small businesses and organizations reach higher peaks. Democracy at Work Institute, coming all the way from Oakland, California, is the only national organization dedicated to building the field of worker cooperative development. Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, from Athens, Ohio, spurs Southeastern Ohio economies as a small business incubator. Liberty Mobility Now, from Lincoln, Nebraska, brings ridesharing to small urban and rural populations through an app designed for areas with low or no cell signal. Zero Waste, from Athens, Ohio, promotes the development of a zero waste economy by providing education on recycling, assessing the waste of homes and businesses, cleaning up dumpsites, and ‘zero-wasting’ events.

February 15, 2017: Owls star in evening event at Burr Oak State Park
“Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” Join Sunday Creek Watershed Group as they partner with ODNR State Park’s naturalist, Pat Quackenbush and Burr Oak Lodge for an exciting wintry Owl Prowl. The Owl Prowl will be held at Burr Oak Lodge, 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster, OH 45732. The event will begin at 6:30pm inside the lodge with a short presentation and the opportunity to interact with live owls. An owl craft activity will also be available. Once it’s dark, attendees will be invited to head outside for a short hike to call owls. Children and adults alike can learn more about owls including their behavior and interesting adaptations by attending this free event.

February 13, 2017: Registration Underway for Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day 
Now it’s your turn to give back! The public is invited to join state and federal agencies, groups, and citizens across Appalachian Ohio in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

December 15, 2016: Debbie Phillips to Join Rural Action in New Role
After serving eight years as the 94th District’s representative in the Ohio House, Debbie Phillips will start a new career as Rural Action’s Development Director this January. Rural Action is a regional community development organization with an 18 county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across Appalachian Ohio.

November 8, 2016: Accomplishments Recognized at Second Annual Zero Waste Celebration
Community members will gather together at the Zero Waste Celebration to recognize the strides that have been made towards zero waste, create a map of local zero waste infrastructure, and look forward to a future without waste. The Celebration will include an engaging panel & roundtable discussion around issues of organics, construction and demolition, policy, and waste reduction, as well as the announcement of the winners of the Waste Not Awards. Registration is FREE and a dinner catered by Hocking College is included!

October 19, 2016: Teacher Scholarships Available to Attend Local Conference
Scholarships for teachers are available for the upcoming Inquiry-Based Education Conference taking place November 1st – 3rd at Burr Oak State Park. “We know that schools operate on tight budgets and we don’t want that to be a barrier for teachers to participate in the conference.” Said Joe Brehm Environmental Education Director at Rural Action. The teacher scholarships are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

October 10, 2016: City of Athens Kicks Off Recycling Cart Roll-Out With Press Conference
The City of Athens invites media to a press conference to learn more about the implementation of its new residential recycling cart program, which will be launched the first week of November. Join us as we celebrate this improvement to local recycling infrastructure, the public-private partnerships that helped make it possible, and the benefits carts add to local recycling initiatives.

October 4, 2016: 3rd Annual Inquiry-Based Education Conference will give teachers’ tools to take class outside
Registration is underway for the 3rd Annual Inquiry-Based Education conference at Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Conference Center, November 1-3. Organized by Rural Action and Camp Oty’ Okwa, the three-day event brings teachers’, administrators’, informal educators’, and students’ together around inquiry-based environmental and outdoor education.

September 28, 2016: Liaison with Secretary of State, Jon Husted, to Recognize Chesterhill Produce Auction Thursday, September 29th, 2016 for work in Ohio Agriculture
Members of the press are invited to the Chesterhill Produce Auction, 8380 Wagoner Road, Chesterhill, Ohio 43728, this Thursday September 29th, from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Bob Kalish, a liaison for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, will be on-site at the Chesterhill Produce Auction, to present a proclamation to the Chesterhill Produce Auction in recognition of being a featured business in the Secretary of State’s Ohio Business Profile Program. Secretary Husted is recognizing Ohio Agriculture businesses during the month of September.

September 23, 2016: AmeriCorps members commit to get things done for Appalachian Ohio
National Service members are joining ranks on October 7th to “swear in” for their year-long term of AmeriCorps service in Appalachian Ohio. AmeriCorps members from Rural Action’s Ohio Stream Restore Corps (OSRC), Ohio University HCOM’s COMCorps, and Ohio College Guides will come together for a day of service and ceremony in Nelsonville. AmeriCorps members, National Service alumni, legislators, and community members will gather at Robbins Crossing on the Hocking College campus to lift up and energize members for their year of service.

September 6, 2016: Rural Action and ServeOhio to host 9/11 Day of Service project
The public is invited to join Rural Action and ServeOhio for a September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance project. The project will consist of storm drain stenciling in the Mineral City area. Volunteers are greatly appreciated and should meet at the Huff Run Watershed office in Mineral City by 2pm on Sunday, September 11th.

September 2, 2016: Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch Bison Farming Workshop Announced for October 15
Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch, in partnership with Women Grow Ohio and Rural Action, will hold their second bison farming workshop on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event will be located at Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch (12320 Lonesome Road Thornville, OH 43076).

September 1, 2016: Community Potluck to Celebrate Local Food and Farmers on Labor Day
Rural Action invites the public to the seventh Annual Farmer Appreciation Day and Potluck at the Chesterhill Produce Auction on Monday, September 5, 2016. The potluck begins at 3:00 p.m., followed by the auction at 4:00 p.m.

August 25, 2016: Southeast Ohio Entrepreneurs and Supporters Gather to Grow Zero Waste Business
Entrepreneurs, recycling-based businesses, and people who support the growth of business in southeast Ohio will gather at Eclipse Company Store on September 6th at 6 pm to tackle this question: What recycling-based businesses can we grow in southeast Ohio to get us closer to zero waste?

August 18, 2016: Black Walnut and Pawpaw drop-off location established at Chesterhill Produce Auction
Beginning September 1st community members will be able to sell locally collected black walnuts and pawpaws at the Chesterhill Produce Auction in Chesterhill, Ohio. Through an agreement with Hammons Products Company, a black walnut processing business based in Stockton, Missouri, and a partnership with Integration Acres farm in Albany, Ohio, Rural Action will purchase, sort, and process pawpaws and black walnuts on site at the Chesterhill Produce Auction.

August 5, 2016: Huff Run Celebrates 20 Years of Cleaner Water
This month marks the 20th year since community residents gathered in the Mineral City Fire Station to learn about a new government program to repair streams impacted by historical mining practices.

August : 3rd Annual Inquiry-Based Education Conference will give teachers’ tools to take class outside
Registration is underway for the 3rd Annual Inquiry-Based Education conference at Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Conference Center, November 1-3. Organized by Rural Action and Camp Oty’ Okwa, the three-day event brings teachers’, administrators’, informal educators’, and students’ together around inquiry-based environmental and outdoor education.

July 29, 2016: Earth Justice Network’s Low carbon diet workshop Seeks Eco-teams for Regional Sustainability
The Earth Justice Network (EJN) will be hosting the “Low Carbon Diet” workshop on Saturday, August 13, from 1-3 PM at Christ the King church on 75 Stewart Street in Athens, Ohio. The EJN is asking community members to attend and form “eco-teams” as a way to challenge themselves and their neighbors to reduce their carbon footprint.

July 13, 2016: Area Residents to Benefit from Environmental Stewardship programming
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced $402 million in AmeriCorps funding to put AmeriCorps members on the ground to address critical issues in communities across the U.S.

June 13, 2016: Locals recognized for sustainable practices at Rural Action’s Annual Meeting
Each year Rural Action recognizes an individual, a business, and a partner that create new models for living with respect to the earth and its systems that others can follow; have a generous spirit and willingly share knowledge, experiences, and personal resources with others; and leave the world a better place because of their personal and professional behavior.

June 6, 2016: Camp Watershed Offers Summer Fun Outdoors
This summer parents will be able to keep their children active, occupied and mentally engaged by signing them up for Camp Watershed with Huff Run and Mud Run Watersheds. July 18th through July 22nd, Rural Action staff and AmeriCorps members will host a summer day camp for area youth in order to provide learning opportunities and physical activity during the summer.

June 4, 2016: Rural Action to Celebrate 25 years ‘People Centered Development’ at Annual Meeting this weekend
This Saturday, June 11th  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 Fur peace Ranch in Pomeroy, is Rural Action’s 25th Annual Meeting, bringing together over 100 Rural Action members, community leaders, partners, and local entrepreneurs who will share ideas, best practices, and discuss ways to continue to engage and improve local communities and the environment in Appalachian Ohio.

November 3, 2015: Rural Action Hosts Ohio State University Extension Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
Rural Action invites farmers and producers to an Ohio State University Extension Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Marion Community Center in Chesterhill Ohio located at 7474 College St, Chesterhill OH 43728.

October 28, 2015: Beginning forest farmers to be supported by USDA grant, Rural Action
Landowners interested in starting a forest farming operation are the focus of a new partnership between Rural Action and Virginia Tech University. Rural Action is part of a coalition that has been awarded $656,903 to promote forest farming for beginning farmers in the Appalachian region.

October 27, 2015: Season Creation workshop offers farmers, educators new opportunities to grow year-round
The workshop will focus on methods used in the Season Creation model developed by Green Edge Organic Gardens. Their innovative use of high tunnel greenhouses and grow rooms ensures a year-round selection of seasonal vegetables, micro greens, and specialty mushrooms extending their growing season to include a fourth winter period.

October 27, 2015: Chesterhill Produce Auction Celebrates Annual Fall Consignment Auction on November 7th
The Chesterhill Produce Auction invites the community to attend the annual Fall Consignment Auction on November 7th at 10:00 am. The sale showcases local Morgan County wood products such as gliders, Adirondack chairs, chests, picnic tables, benches, and more!

October 15, 2015: Emerging Social Enterprise Development: ARC POWER Initiative 2015 Funding
Rural Action is being awarded a $68,700, one year grant for Emerging Social Enterprise Development in sustainable forestry and other locally rooted sectors by providing technical assistance and support to nonprofits and private enterprises in idea generation, market assessment, and business modeling

July 10, 2015: Huff Run Watershed to Benefit from $1.7M Grant Funded Mitigation Project
Rural Action, which coordinates work in the Huff Run Watershed, has announced a new partnership with Oxbow River & Stream Restoration, Inc., to conduct a stream restoration project in the lower sections of the Huff Run Watershed.

June 17, 2015: L&S Drive Thru and Rural Action Announce Country Fresh Stop Location in McArthur
On Friday, June 19 L&S Drive Thru in McArthur will become Vinton County’s first “Country Fresh Stops” location. Beginning this Friday, L&S Drive Thru will offer fresh produce in Vinton County, which has had no grocery stores offering fresh produce since August 2013.

June 11, 2015: R&R Gulf and Rural Action Announce Country Fresh Stop Location in Roseville with Kickoff Event
The R&R Gulf in Roseville is hosting an event Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00 am to kick-off their involvement in Rural Action’s “Country Fresh Stop” project. During the Country Fresh Stop Kick-off there will be a produce cookout, samples, information on the project, fresh produce available for purchase and more. 

May 26, 2015: Chesterhill Produce Auction Enters 11th Season
Rural Action is pleased to announce that the Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA) has launched into  its 11th season earlier this month. During the month of May, the Produce Auction features fresh local produce including peak-season strawberries and fresh flowers.

Rural Action In The News

Pomeroy Daily Sentinel | 1/26/2020
Five Students To Begin Paid Internships

Bloomberg | 9/17/2019
Appalachia Finds Success With Obama-Era Mine Cleanup Program

Ohio University Post | 9/16/2019
Rural Action helps promote sustainability on campus and beyond

Solar Power World | 9/5/2019
Appalachian Ohio: A case study in compassionate transition from coal to solar

Logan Daily News | 9/5/2019
Inspire Shelter welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA member

Athens News | 9/4/2019
OU opens the door to more local food in dining halls: OU Student Farm and Chesterhill Produce Auction now food sources

Pike County News Watchman | 8/22/2019
Food Disparity: Access to Healthy Foods

Waste 360 | 8/12/2019
Summer Music Festivals Set Sights on Waste Diversion

Now You Know | 8/3/2019
Interview with Zero Waste Event Productions’ CEO and chief sustainability officer

Civil Eats | 7/30/2019
With a Focus on Food Sovereignty, Rural Appalachian Ohio is Rebounding

The Perry County Tribune | 7/3/2019
Rural Action Awards Grant to Southern Perry Incubation Center

Ohio University | 5/23/2019
OHIO To Begin Purchasing from Chesterhill Produce Auction, Ohio Student Farm

Edible-Alpha podcast| 5/9/2019
The Chester Hill Produce Auction — A Catalyst for Produce Producers

The Athens Messenger | 5/20/2018
ARC Grant Sought for Wayne Mountain Bike Trail System

The Daily Sentinel | 5/15/2018
Community members invited to meet Rural Action’s new CEO | 4/12/2018
Zero Waste Event Productions Poised to Capitalize on Capacity-Building Efforts

Meigs Independent Press | 4/10/2018
Rural Action Announces Debbie Phillips as new CEO

Athens News | 4/8/2018
Former state rep starts today as new CEO of Rural Action

Logan Daily News | 4/5/2018
Rural Action announces new CEO

Times Reporter | 4/2/2018
Acid mine drainage treatment in Wainwright improves stream’s water quality

Athens News | 3/25/2018
Hell Betties delight packed house and raise money for Rural Action

The Post | 3/22/2018
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Run! 5K to Benefit Rural Action

Athens News | 3/21/2018
Roller Derby season kick-off to rock OU venue, portion of proceeds to support Rural Action

Times Reporter | 3/18/2018
Designating Tuscarawas River as water trail means safety, signs, maps, tourism

Athens News | 3/14/2018
Curbside compost pickup program proposed for Athens

Canton Repository | 3/7/2018
Fish fry benefits Mud Run Watershed

Chillicothe Gazette | 3/6/2018
Students lead recycling effort at Huntington, Adena

Canton Repository | 3/6/2018
Fish fry to raise funds for streamkeepers, Rural Action

Nonprofit Quarterly | 3/2/2018
New Coal Mines Threaten to Roll Back Hard-Won Environmental Gains

WOUB | 3/2/2018
Southeast Ohio’s Fight to Save Local Businesses

Columbus Dispatch | 2/22/2018
Athens County residents worry new coal mine will undo efforts to clean local waterways

Athens Messenger | 2/22/2018
Pilot project may provide a colorful solution to Acid Mine Drainage

The Post | 2/21/2018
Little Fish and Rural Action will be hosting its monthly Kids Day

Athens Messenger | 2/18/2018
EPA hears testimony on Oxford permit for Trimble Twp. mine

The Athens News | 2/18/2018
Hearing digs deep into coal-mine issue

Perry County, Ohio | 2/9/2018
New Straitsville Business Support Network

The Post | 2/7/2018
How acid mine drainage has affected southeast Ohio’s waterways

The San Bernardino Sun | 2/6/2018
Inland area’s Community Foundation names Michelle Decker new CEO after nationwide search

The Athens News | 2/4/2018
Rural Action seeks replacement for longtime CEO

The Athens Messenger | 2/1/2018
Rural Action Begins Search for New CEO

Canton Repository | 2/1/2018
Meeting to provide updates on watershed projects, Tusc river health

InlandEmpire | 01/31/2018
The Community Foundation Names Michelle Decker as New President and CEO

Times Reporter | 01/30/2018
Mud Run Streamkeepers, Rural Action to hold community meeting

Athens News | 01/17/2018
Little Fish and Rural Action will be celebrating January Kids Days

Athens News | 01/14/2018
Stencil kits for cleaner water

Canton Repository | 01/10/2018
Huff Run meeting to feature talk on soil, watershed projects

Athens News | 01/03/2018
With new year, Athens City Council gets new blood

Athens News | 01/01/2018
118th Bird Count goes on locally despite a bit of rain

Athens News | 12/25/2017
Project converts toxic run-off into paint ingredient

Athens News | 12/25/2017
Big mountain bike trail system in works for Wayne National Forest

Athens Messenger | 12/22/2017
Athens area birders prep for annual bird count

Times Reporter | 12/1/2017
Mud Run/Huff Run Watershed working to designate the Tuscarawas River as a state water trail.

Perry Tribune | 10/18/2017
Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day takes a ride back in time

Canton Repository | 10/06/2017
Rural Action sets watershed fall tour

The Athens Messenger | 9/28/2017
Public Lands Day offers area residents fun and volunteer opportunities

Ironton Tribune | 9/21/2017
Fee-Free Day announced for Wayne National Forest

Athens Messenger | 9/20/2017
As coal dies, Hocking Hills towns seek ecotourists

Morgan County Herald | 9/20/2017
Chesterhill Village Council welcomes guests from Rural Action and CPA

The Athens Messenger | 9/20/2017
Fee-free day announced for Wayne National Forest

The Columbus Dispatch | 9/18/2017
As coal dies, Hocking Hills towns seek ecotourists

The Athens News | 8/02/2017
Creek Jam raises funds for clean water during OBW

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs | 8/01/2017
Creek Jam raises funds for clean water during Brew Week

Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter | 7/27/2017
Passport to Fishing program brought to new audience

Canton Repository | 7/18/2017
Lake and Land Festival emphasizes awareness, education

Athens Messenger | 7/13/2017
Public meeting held on proposed Oxford mine, commissioners take second look at approvals

Athens News | 7/13/2017
Opposition to coal mine nearly unanimous at local hearing

Athens Messenger | 7/9/2017
Around the watershed: Sunday Creek tour teaches acid mine drainage, mining history

Athens News | 7/2/2017
Program hopes to grow opportunity in local communities

Athens News | 7/2/2017
How green? It’s Athens County’s turn to take the test

Athens News | 6/28/2017
How green is Athens? We examine whether the city walks the walk

Athens News | 6/25/2017
Dumpster diving an important part of drive toward Zero Waste

Athens News | 6/19/2017
Area non-profits target child hunger

Wright State University Newsroom | 6/5/2017
Wright State students do creek, library and garden work in Appalachia as part of honors sustainability course

The Athens Messenger | 5/30/2017
EPA public meeting brings nature concerns, process questions

The Athens News | 5/29/2017
Environmentalists, residents raise alarm about coal-mine plan

USDA | 5/17/2017
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful Receives Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant from Keep America Beautiful

News 5 Cleveland | 5/10/2017
Toxic consequences: Why Ohio refuses to help homeowners living with polluted water

The Athens Messenger | 4/28/2017
Students learn about local food production, environment at Chesterhill Produce Auction

Times Reporter  | 4/21/2017
Rural Action to hold riparian workshop April 25

Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter  | 4/21/2017
Energy Transfer Partners spills more than two million gallons of drilling fluid into local wetlands

The Post | 4/17/2017
Earth and Arbor Day events to celebrate trees and their many functions

Marietta Times | 4/15/2017
Conference on social enterprise

Athens News | 4/13/2017
Athens County ripe with Earth Week delights

The Post | 4/10/2017
City Planner Paul Logue proposes city work with Rural Action

Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter| 4/6/2017
Rural Action to host 2 riparian workshops

WOUB | 4/6/2017
Debbie Phillips discusses economic development and her new role at Rural Action

Perry County Tribune | 3/22/2017
Community service project was all about the litter

Athens News | 2/23/2017
Plan in works for new bike trails in the Wayne

Logan Daily News | 2/21/2017
Owls star in evening event at Burr Oak State Park

Athens News | 1/4/2017
Cooling Firm wins Rural Action ‘zero waste’ honor

Marietta Times | 12/28/2016
More than 1,000 attend YES Days at WSCC

Athens Messenger | 12/23/2016
Athens Middle School wins Rural Action recycling challenge

Athens Messenger | 12/18/2016
State Rep. Debbie Phillips to work for Rural Action after term expires

Athens News | 12/18/2016
Rep. Phillips to join Rural Action in new role

Times Reporter | 10/21/2016
Tuscarawas County agency seeks grant to protect Wilkshire Hills water wells

Times Reporter | 9/06/2016
Sept. 11 service project planned in Mineral City

Times Reporter | 8/02/2016
Huff Run Watershed group to mark 20th anniversary Friday

Times Reporter | 8/02/2016
Lake and Land Festival set for Aug. 13

Athens News | 8/01/2016
Turning coal mine runoff into art

Logan Daily News | 7/28/2016
Teen summer survivalist program

Athens Messenger | 7/23/2016
Local farmers talk living healthy

Logan Daily News | 7/21/16:
Summer reading participants enjoy outdoor programs

Waste Dive | 7/14/16:
Recycling Partnership announces grant for recycling carts in Athens, OH

Columbus Dispatch | 7/11/16:
Partnership fights illegal dumping in southeastern Ohio

Athens News | 6/29/16:
UpGrade funds education on renewable energy, agriculture

Perry Tribune | 6/27/16:
Independence Day corn roast and community potluck

WOUB | 6/22/16:
Boogie on the Bricks returns this weekend

Athens News | 6/19/16:
Rural Action gives Sustainability awards to local individual, organization, hospital

Athens News | 4/17/16
Projects help clean Hocking River upstream from Athens

Athens News | 2/11/16:
Restoration project documents bobcats, biodiversity near old mines

Athens News | 2/11/16:
Rural Action program helps locals with ‘forest farming’

Tuscarawas County Recycling News | 2016:
Kudos to Camp Watershed (pg. 9)

Athens News | February Insert:
Aided by Rural Action, local hospital ups the ante on recycling

Athens News | 12/16/15:
Here are the Recycling Challenge winners

Athens News | 12/16/15:
More than $117k goes to 25 local groups

Athens News | 12/09/15:
Area clean-water project focuses on stormwater

Logan Daily News | 11/20/15:
USEPA makes investment in helping Appalachian Communities

Athens Messenger | 10/27/15:
Pumpkins abound at Dairy Barn Arts Center

Athens News | 10/18/15:
Films on coal part of sustainability project

Times Journal | 10/16/15:
Brown applauds Appalachian Regional designation as small business administration regional innovation cluster to drive job growth in wood products sector

Harlin Daily Enterprise | 10/16/15:
ARC invests in Obama Administration economic initiative in coal-impacted communities

The Athens Messenger | 10/16/15:
Appalachian Ohio gets federal funding for wood industry

The White House | 10/15/15:
FACT SHEET: Administration Announces New Workforce and Economic Revitalization Resources for Communities through POWER Initiative

The Athens Messenger | 10/15/15:
Energy Education Fund, financed with a donation from Kleinpenny Education Fund, to help nonprofits develop energy-related curricula.

Perry County Tribune| 10/14/15:
Opera houses, children activities to highlight LCBD Day on Sunday

Morgan County Herald | 10/14/15:
Morgan County Heritage Day: Sharing our Roots event set for Oct. 17

The Athens Messenger | 10/11/15:
Athens County Public Libraries, Rural Action to offer historical walking tour

The Bargain Hunter | 10/9/15:
Clean water is a basic building block of strong communities

Times Reporter | 10/9/2015:
Annual Huff Run Watershed Fall Tour planned for Oct. 17

Columbus Dispatch | 9/29/15:
More Ohioans supplementing income by digging, selling ginseng

Circleville Herald | 9/25/15:
Ag Day teaches fourth graders importance of farming, agriculture

Times Reporter |  9/13/15
Cleanup continues after vandalism causes oil to leak into Huff Run

Times Recorder | 9/4/15:
Farmer appreciation day and potluck in Chesterhill

The Columbus Dispatch | 08/14/15:
Old coal mines still taint Ohio waterways

Logan Daily News | 08/13/15:
Students experience adventures in their own backyards

Logan Daily News | 08/07/15:
Hocking and Athens counties awarded funds for recycling efforts

The Athens Messenger | 08/04/15:
Rural Action gets federal funding for Zero Waste plan

The Athens Messenger | 07/22/15:
Cee Dee Mart open house will highlight Country Fresh Stop project | 07/20/15:
State offers $1.7 to boost biological recovery of Huff Run Watershed

WOUB Digital | 7/8/15:
Athens community discusses alternatives to plastic bag use

The Athens Messenger | 6/30/15:
Athens City Schools recognized by Rural Action for sustainability efforts

WOUB Digital | 06/25/15:
Audio: Local Group Brings Fresh Food to Underserved Communities | 06/22/15:
Catching the rain: Summer series kicks off with rain barrel workshop

The Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter | 06/19/15:
First Land and Lake Festival at Atwood Deemed a Success

The Zanesville Times-Recorder | 06/18/15:
Fresh Produce Available in Food Desert

Southeast Ohio Magazine | Summer/Fall 2015:
Growing Once, Growing Twice…Sold! The Chesterhill Produce Auction cultivates region’s top crops

The Athens Messenger | 06/12/15:
More than 94% of waste diverted from Nelsonville Music Festival

WOUB Digital | 06/08/15:
Rural Action, Inc., receives $330,000 grant to support AmeriCorps Programs

The Pike County News-Watchman | 06/08/15:
Sen. Brown announces funds to improve water quality in SE Ohio

The Post | 05/31/15:
Ninety-six percent of waste diverted from trash on third day of Nelsonville Music Festival

Logan Daily News | 05/13/15:
Rural Action gathers support for a watershed planning initiative

The Athens Messenger | 05/07/15:
Athens students ‘dig’ local produce

The Jackson County Times-Journal | 04/16/15:
Rural Action looks to the future with new fund

Pomeroy Daily Sentinel | 04/15/15:
Rural Action invites Meigs Schools to take class outdoors

Logan Daily News | 04/14/15:
Get your Passport to the Outdoors with Rural Action

Logan Daily News | 03/07/15:
Rural Action purchases refrigerated delivery truck

The Columbus Dispatch | 02/27/15:
More Ohioans digging, selling native ginseng

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