In October, the Valley Conservation Council
sponsored a Dark-Sky Summit at Douthat State Park in Bath County, hosting 30 local leaders from the Alleghany-Highland region to discuss the potential for becoming a dark-sky destination and joining the ranks of astro-tourism locations throughout the world.
Op/ed coverage of this watershed event:
Roanoke Times Editorial "Virginia's Dark Sky Country
Virginia IDA's Laura Greenleaf in response
Roanoke Times Editorial Dark Skies on "Christmas Wish List
In response, local resident points out that pointlessly overlit highway exits contradict dark sky goal