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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."


Run For It!

FOB's Lori Haldeman trains for Run For It 2016

Friends of Blackwater has signed up for the 2016 Run For It event! We would love for all the FOB supporters to sign up to run/walk. The fee to sign up as a runner/walker is $10.  FOB will get 1/2 of the fees collected for team North Fork Watershed.

For more information, including online registration, click here

You can also print, fill out and mail in your registration!  Click here for that form.

Trail Work Volunteers Needed

Please Join us for Trail Work on the Lime Rock and Canyon Rim Trails on the following dates: September 11 & 18.

For more information, please contact Savannah Wing at (304) 345-7663, or

Lime Rock and Railroad History Day Success!

Lime Rock Celebration 2016 is in the books and what a great chapter! Beautiful weather, delicious food and just plain old good company made for a wonderful day! Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed themselves.

Special thanks to Lars Byrne (our featured speaker); MC Dan Barkley; Charlie McDaniel, Jon Morgan and Troy Waskey of the USFS; Rose Davis and the Tucker County HIstorical Society; FOB Staffers Brandae Mullins, Lori Haldeman and David Young; Judy Rodd, Tom Rodd and his banjo, Tommy Atkins, and all of those that made this day happen. Click here to see photos.

Latest FOB Newsletter Now Available Online!






FOB Proudly Supports WV's LGBTQ Community

Click here to view the digital Pride Guide. Check out our ad on page 41.



FOB Says Forest Service Logging Plan is Using Outdated Climate Science

Friends of Blackwater is criticizing a Monongahela National Forest logging proposal as being based on outdated science that ignores the importance of global warming and climate science.

On August 13th, Friends of Blackwater group filed a 139-page comment letter that includes a scientific bibliography of more than 75 peer-reviewed studies.  A copy of the entire comment letter with attachments can be found by clicking here.

The letter states that a recent draft environmental assessment for the National Forest's proposed Big Mountain Project, which would involve logging near Spruce Knob National Recreation Area, is based on outdated science that ignores the seriousness of past and future temperature rise and extreme weather -- which the group says threaten endangered species and forest ecology. 

The letter states, "numerous studies and reports have clearly established that the impacts of rising global temperatures are already affecting the Monongahela National Forest region, with increasing and accelerating effects to come;" and asks the Forest Service to withdraw and redo the assessment in light of current science.

Friends of Blackwater recently released a report and bibliography, "On the Chopping Block – the Impacts of Global Warming and Climate Change on the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands." The report is available at


Calendar of Events

Thursday Night Ride at 5 Join other mountain biking enthusiasts every Thursday at Blackwater Bikes in Davis to explore local area trails. Public gathering aftewards at Stumptown Ales.

Lime Rock/Canyon Rim Trail Work: September 11 & September 18,, 2016. For more information call Savannah Wing at 304-345-7663 x5 or email

LeafPeepers Festival: September 23-25, 2016, Davis, WV

Run For It/Tour of Davis: September 24, 2016 Davis, WV. Click here to register for our team!

Wild Walks Weekend: October 1, 2016 Canaan Valley & Blackwater Falls State Park. Click here for more.

Mountain State Forest Festival: October 1-9, 2016, Elkins, WV