The citizens of Raleigh County, West Virginia watch as strip mining destroys the forest they've always called home. It is a land dominated by heritage, history and a simple way of living that has not seen much change in the past century. The people who live around the mining activities are not eager to see their homes, their way of living, their heritage, disappear through greed and questionable mining processes. “Before the Mountain Was Moved,” explores the mining industry and the local's attempts to pass state legislation to conserve the environment. Blue grass and true southern charm make you root for the legislation to pass and see the forest remain whole.