Chapter: Harlan County

In Harlan County and eastern Kentucky, we have a rich culture, natural beauty, valuable resources such as mountains, forests and water, and a history worth preserving. We are a chapter of KFTC because we believe that these assets and characteristics define who we are, and in preserving and protecting them we are defending a way of life and leaving what is most special about this place for future generations.

Harlan County residents helped create KFTC, and we are one of its earliest chapters. Our local chapter was built on the dedication and struggles of many who came before us, and since 1981 we’ve continued their efforts. Through the years, we have been involved in successful campaigns to save the upper elevations of Black Mountain (Kentucky’s highest peak) from strip mining and logging, help communities win water lines and a new bridge, and so much more.

Today we are working to build new power in the mountains to protect the water and a way of life threatened by destructive mining methods, while  supporting KFTC’s broader efforts to make coal mines safer for miners, fully fund schools and keep college affordable, bring clean energy jobs to this area and expand voting rights.

Recent Activities

KFTC House Party on Wallins Creek!

Last week New Power Leader Jack Ball welcomed friends and neighbors into his home for some good food, a great film, and conversation about his vision for Harlan County and beyond. Folks attending the party watched I Was There: The First Thirty Years of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and heard why Jack believes in KFTC.  


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Hands Across Pine Mountain

The Skip Dippers

Twenty new and familiar faces turned out to a multi-chapter, Harlan and Letcher, gathering in Oven Fork on March 6. Harlan County chapter chair Roy Silver called the event "Hands Across Pine Mountain" in his excitement after the evening.

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City of Lynch gets Energy Audit!

Yesterday, two Lynch city buildings got a thorough energy audit to kick-start an energy efficiency project to continue into summer.

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Newspaper urges protection for Benham & Lynch


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Harlan County House Party

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Chapter Feature:

DSC_0931"Many of us are working to create a better future for our children and grandchildren - and we've got lots of possibilities and real ideas about how to do that. We've got a bright future if we want it."

- Carl Shoupe, Benham, KY


Visions from Black Mountain coverVisions from Black Mountain

Residents of Benham, Lynch and Cumberland share their visions for the unique Tri-Cities area.

Regular Meetings:

We meet every other even month on the second Thursday at 6 p.m. We move our meeting locations around the county. Check the calendar!

Chapter Organizer:

Whitesburg, KY 41858

Upcoming Events:

February 22

KFTC/Clean Energy Lobby Day

702 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY

Clean Energy lobby day with the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance