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Appalachia After Dark: Emerging Opportunities in Night Sky Conservation and Development

The Appalachia Community of Scholars will be hosting a research presentation by Tim Ezzell discussing UT’s recent efforts to help develop a dark skies destination in Calhoun County, West Virginia and emerging efforts to create a regional conservation and development strategy.

Recent research has found that ninety-nine percent of Americans now live under light polluted skies and eighty percent of the nation can no longer see the Milky Way. Only a handful of truly dark places remain in the eastern United States. Most of these can be found in the rural and relatively undeveloped parts of Appalachia. Many of these same areas, due to their isolation, are classified as economically distressed.

This talk will discuss the need to conserve these dark places, the potential market for dark skies tourism, and efforts to promote the region’s night sky assets.

Hosted by the Appalachia Community of Scholars
February 8, 12–1 p.m.
Blount Hall, Room 113