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Healing Mountains

May 26-29, 2006
Photos by Vivian Stockman

During Memorial Day Weekend, more than 300 mountaintop removal opponents converged for the Healing Mountains conference at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV. The event combined OVECs 6th annual Summit for the Mountains with Heartwoods 16th annual Forest Council.

To read more about this event, see OVEC's September 2006 Winds of Change newsletter.

As the conference opened, the rain cleared and a rainbow arced over the Cedar Lakes Conference Center.
As the conference opened, the rain cleared and a rainbow arced over the Cedar Lakes Conference Center.

Mountain Justice Summer volunteers watch over the OVEC table
Mountain Justice Summer volunteers watch over the OVEC table

Workshops and panels around the conference center campus were jam-packed.
Workshops and panels around the conference center campus were jam-packed.

Coalfield residents from Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia addressed the crowd. Standing is Mingo County resident Donetta Blankenship.
Coalfield residents from Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia addressed the crowd. Standing is Mingo County resident Donetta Blankenship.

Volunteers saff the mobbed OVEC table.
Volunteers saff the mobbed OVEC table.

Former Congressman Ken Hechler and Dorris "Granny D" Haddock--two champions of Clean Elections and the campaign to end mountaintop removal.
Former Congressman Ken Hechler and Dorris "Granny D" Haddock--two champions of Clean Elections and the campaign to end mountaintop removal.

Granny D addresses the crowd.
Granny D addresses the crowd.

Sunday morning, Allen Johnson with Christians for the Mountains debuted the new DVD "Mourning Mountains. See www.christiansforthemountains.org.
Sunday morning, Allen Johnson with Christians for the Mountains debuted the new DVD "Mourning Mountains. See www.christiansforthemountains.org.

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