WHO WAS LARRY GIBSON? --- Chuck Nelson --- Janet Keating

Larry Gibson and Kayford Mountain

Larry Gibson's family lived on or near Kayford Mountain since the late 1700's. Larry and more than 300 relatives are buried in the cemetery on Kayford Mountain. Larry and his family used to live on the lowest lying part of the mountain, and looked "up" to the mountain peaks that surrounded them. Since 1986, the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Thirty-one years after the "mountain top removal" project began, Kayford Mountain is now the highest point of land around; it is enveloped by a 12,000 acre pancake in what was previously a mountain range. Keeper of the Mountains Foundation was created to preserve and foster the values of moutain culture. KOTM also supports his ongoing effort to tell the story of the destruction of Kayford Mountain and the surrounding community as a result of mountain top removal. The IRS recognized KOTM as exempt a qualified 501(c)(3) organization; contributions to KOTM are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code. You may download a copy of our IRS recognition letter HERE.

KOTM's "On the Road Again" program arranges ongoing speaking engagements at colleges, universities, churches, public seminars and membership groups. The list of places visited is recited below, in part, and it continues to grow. Your tax deductible gifts make additional trip possible. You can make this contribution now through PayPal by clicking on the DONATE button to the left.

KOTM is actively engaged in efforts to locate a utility-scale solar farm to generate electricity on the 5,500 acre site surrounding Larry Gibson's 50 acre mountain redoubt. Our PowerPoint is available HERE.


Colleges and Universities
Keeper of the Mountains Foundation (KOTM) representatives travel to individual colleges and universities throughout the United States. They have spoken to students, teachers and administrators concerning the need for sustainable energy production and use, and in particular to describe the environmental degradation that accompanies the practice commonly, if inaccurately, referred to as "mountain top removal." Colleges and universities visited in the last several years include: Yale University, William & Mary, Marshall University, Kent State University, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame University, West Virginia University, Ohio University, University of Tennessee, University of Cincinnati, and others.

Public Seminars, Conferences and Membership Organizations
In addition to presentations at academic institutions, KOTM representatives have participated in public seminars and conferences on a wide range of environmental projects, with the view towards providing insights into the unique problems of environmental degradation that mountain destruction. Such seminars have included: The Coal Summit (Charleston, WV 2003), Catholic Diocese Conference on Environmental Justice (Charleston, WV 2004), National Unitarian Conference (Nashville, TN 2000). KOTM representatives have also spoken to many membership organizations on the topic of sustainable energy, including the following: Rotary Club of Columbus, OH; Monroe Congregational Church, Monroe, CT; First United Church of Christ Congregational Church, Milford, CT; Park Slope Methodist Church, Brooklyn, NY; Congregationalist Church of Brookfield, Brookfield, CT; Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York, NY.

Public Interest Litigation: KOTM has initiated and participated in numerous lawsuits to vindicate citizen rights under the environmental laws of the United States and the State of West Virgini. These actions have included Freedom of Information Act requests, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act lawsuits, and procedings before the US Environmental Protection Administration and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. KOTM provided legal support to the Kanawha Forest Coalition in their successful opposition to the MTR site approved at the Kanawha State Forest outside Charleston, WV. In 2015, KOTM intervened to support of EPA's Clean Power Plan in the pending review before the US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit, and in 2016 KOTM intervened in Murray v EPA to oppose a nation-wide injunction against environmental rulemaking.

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