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“Friends of Blackwater works to protect the landscapes, natural and human communities, and heritage of the Blackwater Watershed and Canyon and to promote its sustainable economic development through public outreach, advocacy and restoration."


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Annie Dillard Awarded 2014 National Humanities Medal

FOB is so proud that our longtime Advisory Board member and dear friend Annie Dillard has received this award. Congratulations Annie!

To view the ceremony please click here. For more information about Annie Dillard, click here.

October 30 Courtroom Drama at WVU Law School to Celebrate Carrie Williams and J.R. Clifford!

A free public program at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown on Friday, October 30, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, will celebrate the pioneer West Virginia African American educator Carrie Williams and her lawyer John Robert "J.R." Clifford. Click here for more information.

Canyon Rim Trail Work Progressing

The work crew for The Allegheny Trail North (part of the West Virginia Scenic Trail Association) just completed opening up the Canyon Rim Trail which begins near the Olson Fire Tower area and runs south of Forest Road 18 as it heads west toward Douglas, high above Blackwater Canyon. Go try it out … but wear boots and look out for rattlesnakes if its warm! Videos of the project are on our website:

Our next trail work will be on the Limerock Trail and the Blackwater Canyon rail trail from the sewage plant to Snyder Run. Thanks to the National Forest Foundation for their support.

Pictured Left to right: Robert, Bill, Steve, Greg Edwards (our fearless leader) and Les. (not pictured Brian Bellew and Erica Staats.)



Blackwater Pollution Continues: Tell Governor Tomblin to Stop Pollution of WV Scenic Crown Jewel!!

Sediment from Corridor H Road Construction again impacted the River on Sunday August 16, 2015. This is the third major impact since this road work began in Tucker County. The DEP has issued 50 citations but the pollution continues. Coverage of this problem was featured in the Charleston Gazette and on Metro News. Tell Governor Tomblin to Stop the degradation of West Virginia’s Most Scenic River.

Click here to for more information and to submit your own comments to Governor Tomblin!

DOMINION GAS PIPELINE UPDATE: FERC Application Lacks Complete Surveys

Friends of Blackwater reviewed Dominion Resource’s September 15th Certificate filing for the Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline Project (ACP) with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The company is still requesting a certificate to build this mega-pipeline through the heart of the Monongahela National Forest. New maps show that the pipeline route is NOT going on the proposed alternative route that would have avoided sensitive northern hardwood/red spruce habitat. By returning to their original plan the ACP will fragment and degrade habitat for the Cheat Mountain salamander, endangered bats and Ginny the West Virginia northern flying squirrel. The ACP has also failed to submit surveys for listed bats, the Cheat Mountain salamander, mussels and other aquatic species or sensitive plant species with FERC.

Friends of Blackwater understands that if the ACP fails to do surveys following the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s protocols for all listedand protected species on the MON, the environmental review for the pipeline project under FERC cannot go forward. Fish and Wildlife, FERC and the Forest Service must consult on impacts to listed species and make recommendations on the pipeline. Without adequate information this cannot be done and the pipeline cannot be built. FOB believes that the current proposed route is a mistake and should be dropped. We believe that properly conducted surveys will support this position.

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Calendar of Events

Thursday Ride at 5 - Every Thursday 5 pm - Blackwater Bicycle Association. Public meeting after at StumpTown Ale. For more information visit

Oct 15 Mountain Stage and Mountain Music Trail Video Premier - The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV - Tucker County is teaming up with West Virginia Tourism and Mountain Stage - a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting - to host a video premier showcasing venues and musicians along the Mountain Music Trail on October 15 at 7 p.m. at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, W.Va. The event, which is free and public, will feature local food and a Mountain Music Trail sampler of local musicians and brands. Rebecca Wudarski and Aurora Celtic will be performing as part of the premier. For more information contact Jessica Scowcroft.

Oct 16-18 Blackwater Falls Climate Change Conference - Davis, West Virginia Info and registration at: 

Oct 17 Introduction to Falconry - Canaan Valley State Park Resort, 7:00pm - Meet Paul Fowler (Master Falconer), a Tucker County resident, who will give an introduction to the sport of falconry. Meet a few of his birds: Freya – a Red Tailed Hawk; and Sam, an American Kestrel. Presentation takes place at 7pm in the Main Lodge. Open to the public, no cover charge – fun for all ages.

Oct 30 Clifford/Carrie Williams Celebration of WV’s Black Teacher’s, WVU Law School Morgantown WV at 7:00 PM with tour of Tucker County Black History Sites on oct 31st. Call 304-345-7663 ext. 2 or e-mail

Oct 31 - Nov 1, 3rd Annual Gnar-B-Q - Timberline Resort - Downhill biking end of the year party for $75.00 2 full day passes, dinner and adult beverage in Timbers Pub, one night stay at bunkhouse. Call 304-866-6329 for details.

November - Every Weekend Whitegrass Crosscountry Skiing: Fall Weekend Trail Help * Plan on every November sat/sun with bridge building, glade clearing, ditch digging, downfalls, brushing, and overall tuning of the trails. We will provide lunch and follow up snacks and goodies at day’s end. Starts at 9 am yet we leave radios and directions if later on. Please email us about your plans, nice way to give back to the mountains. Please email Whitegrass about your plans.

Dec. 21 Snowshoe Discovery Tour 1 pm -A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase as he shares his knowledge about the climate, forest type, and geology of the area. Enjoy a short streamside jaunt that lasts about an hour and covers around a mile of easy rolling terrain.