This week, we explore how tourism impacts local communities and their natural resources like the Canaan Valley in West Virginia. It’s become a trendy tourist destination, which is good for business, but it’s straining the resources of a county with just 7,000 year-round residents.
We take a trip to Appalachia’s Ice Mountain, where rare plants have existed since the Ice Age, and cool air seeps out of ice vents deep in the rocks. Plus, a conversation with Pennsylvania’s first director of outdoor recreation.
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- What Happens When a Hidden Gem Gets Too Popular? - Canaan Valley has become a trendy tourist destination. That's good for business but it's also straining the resources of a county with just one stoplight and 7,000 year-round residents.
- Hiking Back in Time on Ice Mountain - On Ice Mountain in West Virginia, rare plants have existed since the Ice Age and cool air seeps out of ice vents deep in the rocks.
- Outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania just got a new champion - Nathan Reigner is Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources first-ever director of outdoor recreation. "I'm recreation first."