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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."

NEWS

Latest FOB Newsletter Now Available Online

WVAW Grant to FOB Will Sponsor Water Workshop for Teachers Brandae Mullins of FOB receives a grant check from Jeff McIntyre of WV American Water

West Virginia American Water Company has awarded $2500 to the group Friends of Blackwater to support an August 1, 2015 "Water Workshop" in Charleston, West Virginia for schoolteachers and the general public on the science of water quality and quantity. 
The workshop will be held at Asbury Methodist Church on Elizabeth Street in Charleston.  For more information, including to register, contact Brandae Mullins at outreach@saveblackwater.org or 304-345-7663. 

For more information, please click here to read American Water's Press Release

Save the Date 10/16-18/15! Climate Change Conference at Blackwater Falls State Park.

Our Climate Change Initiative is proud to announce an October 16-18 2015 Conference at Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV. The title of the October Conference is “Climate Change and the Highlands: Impacts, Preparedness, and Solutions.”  Conference registration will open June 1, 2015; be sure to sign up here to receive updates from the Initiative, so you can take advantage of lower-cost early registration. For more information including a partial list of speakers, please click here.

Our Climate Outreach Coordinator Brian Bellew is doing community presentations about our new Report, "On the Chopping Block – the Impacts of Climate Change on the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands."  You can read and download a copy of the Report here.

FOB Presents: The Beautiful Blackwater Watershed - State of the River Report I

State of the River

FOB recently completed the First Edition of the State of the Blackwater Watershed. This document was funded through a grant from the WVDEP, Nonpoint Source Program's 319 AGO Fund.

Please click here to view the document online.

To request your FREE copy, please click here.

 

 

ACTION

Help Restore the Monarch Butterfly !

You can help construct FOB's Butterfly Garden or start your own!

FOB is constructing a Monarch garden behind our Davis office. The garden will consist of a raised bed containing northern Milkweed and other native nectar plants that will sustain the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly. We need a lot of help from our members to help move this project forward.  As well as physical help constructing our garden plot, we need help with all other related activities, sowing plants, weeding and watering.   

If you can help with labor, donate supplies, or  you would like seeds to start your own garden, please contact Monica at monica@saveblackwater.org  or by calling 304-345-7663 x5.

DOMINION GAS PIPELINE UPDATE:  Two National Forests Want "Ginny" Studied for Pipeline Impacts

Breaking news: both the Monongahela and the George Washington National Forests sent excellent scoping comments to "FERC" discussing a wide range of potential negative impacts to the rare ecology of the Forests in the region where Dominion has proposed a gas pipeline.  
“Ginny” the West Virginia flying squirrel was featured in the comments as a species that could be affected by this proposal.  

The comments said: “The current proposed study corridor includes over 2,000 acres of mapped suitable habitat for the sensitive (and recently de-listed) WV Northern Flying Squirrel . . . any crossing of Cheat Mountain-Back Allegheny Mountain would result in significant impacts to northern flying squirrel habitat.  Such impacts are inconsistent with the Forest Plan, [and] protection in the Plan was the primary justification for de-listing the species, so amending the direction to allow the impact could call the de-listing into question.”

It's great to see that "Ginny" is at the top of the radar screen for our National Forest managers.  This is happening because people like you (and us) are tirelessly working and speaking out on Ginny's behalf.  We thank everyone for your support in protecting "Ginny" and her babies!

To read the comments, please click here.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Calendar of Upcoming Events

April 30, 2015 – 4:00-6:00 - Davis and Thomas Cleanup Meet across from the Davis Fire Hall.  For more information click here.

May 2, 2015 – All Day – CheatFest, Albright, WV – For more information please click here.

May 2, 2015 2:00pm-5:00pm and May 3, 2015 12:00pm – 3:30pm - STArt Student Art Show, Davis Fire Hall, Davis, WV.  Come out and support Tucker County School’s art students. For more info, please contact Gerri Wilson at gwilson3@frontiernet.net or 240-286-7619.

May 15-17, 2015 – All Day – “Spring the Road”, Davis, WV – Trail work from the intersection of US 219 and FS Road 18 at MP 84.00, blazing and brushing south on FS 18 to where the ALT intersects and runs with Canyon Rim Trail near Olson Tower.  For more information contact: greg@stratuswave.net

June 6, 2015 – All Day – Harper’s Ferry Outdoor Festival – For more information, please click here.

June 18 – 21, 2015 – Canaan Valley Mountain Biking Festival, Canaan Valley, WV – For more information, please click here.