Member Groups

The Alliance for Appalachia is composed of 16 member groups. To learn more about these organizations, explore their sites below.


Black Warrior Riverkeeper is an organization that uses a watershed bwrk_logo_noborder_nolinesapproach to ensure clean water, a healthy aquatic environment, and the recreational and aesthetic values of
the river. Contact them here, or call the office at (205) 458-0095.



Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) is a community of people taking action for justice, working with people to organize in their home communities and across the state. Email them here, or call the office at 606-878-2161.


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Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) fights for coalfield communities through advocacy, education, and organizing. CCJ works with residents to develop community-led responses to the cycle of extreme energy extraction and exploitation.  Email CCJ at or call the office at 724-229-3550.



Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) is a member-run organization that encourages civic involvement and collective action so that the people of Tennessee have a greater voice in determining their future. Email SOCM at or call the main office at 865-249-7488.



Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) is an organization of concerned community members and their allies who are working to stop the destruction of our communities by surface coal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities. Emails SAMS at or call the office at 276-565-6167.

West Virginia


Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) works 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. Email CRMW here, or call the office at 304-854-2182.



Keepers of the Mountains Foundation is located in Southern WV. They believe a better future requires everyday people to come together and recognize their power to move beyond an extraction based economy to one that values people, land, and mountain heritage. Call the Keepers of the Mountains at 304-205-0920.



Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) organizes and maintains a diverse grassroots organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the environment through education, grassroots organizing and coalition building, leadership development and media outreach. Call OVEC at 304-522-0246.



West Virginia Highlands Conservancy promotes, encourages, and works for the conservation and appreciation of the natural resources of West Virginia and the Nation, and especially of the Highlands Region of West Virginia, for the cultural, social, educational, physical, health, spiritual, and economic benefit of present and future generations of West Virginians and Americans.

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Appalachian Voices is an environmental non-profit committed to protecting the land, air and water of the central and southern Appalachian region, focusing on reducing coal’s impact on the region and advancing our vision for a cleaner energy future. Based in North Carolina, Appalachian Voices works throughout the Appalachian Region. Email Appalachian Voices at or call the office at 828-262-1500.



The STAY Project (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) is a diverse regional network of young people throughout Central Appalachia who are working together to advocate for and actively participate in their home mountain communities. Email them at



Heartwood is a regional network that protects forests and supports community activism in the eastern United States through education, advocacy, and citizen empowerment. Email the Heartwood Alliance at



Sierra Club Environmental Justice supports the work of coalfield activists in their struggles against the irresponsible practices of the mining industry. You can contact SCEJ by emailing or by calling 304-389-8822.



Southwings is a conservation and public benefit aviation non-profit that provides skilled pilots and aerial education to enhance conservation efforts across the Southeast. Email Southwings at or call at 828-523-4105.



Highlander Education and Research Center serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. Highlander works with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, they help create spaces — at Highlander and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible. Contact them at 865-933-3443.


Gainesville Loves Mountains is a citizens groups based in Gainesville, FL. In an effort to take responsibility for the adverse impacts of their community’s coal consumption, GLM works to monitor the companies that supply their utility’s coal and advocate for alternatives to mountaintop removal coal mining. They also pursue local policies that will help their community achieve significant energy savings while strengthening their economy.