In the latest episode of Save Our Towns, Ann Brown presents efforts to save the Eastern hellbender. Bill Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and Director of the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech, describes these salamanders as a national treasure. After the segment was recorded, the National Science Foundation awarded a $738,817 grant to a Virginia Tech research team to study the hellbender’s parenting skills.
Save Our Towns, produced by Outreach and International Affairs, is entering its fifth season. It speaks to small-town mayors and town managers throughout Appalachia with a mission to guide and inspire those who are working to build strong communities.