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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

FOB recieves $15K grant from Dominion Foundation for Trail Restoration

On Tuesday June 14, 2016 the Dominion Foundation presented a $15,000 grant to Friends of Blackwater for hiking/biking trail improvements in Blackwater Canyon near Thomas, WV. 

“Friends of Blackwater is very excited to receive a grant from Dominion Resources to improve public hiking and biking trails in the Monongahela National Forest, including the beautiful Limerock and Canyon Rim Trails. These important Upper Blackwater Canyon recreational trails link the Town of Thomas to the Olson Fire Tower. This project will be a big benefit to local outdoor enthusiasts, and the upgraded trail network will bring more visitors to the area and improve the regional economy.” said Judy Rodd, Director.

Pictured from Left to Right: Christine Mitchell, Dominion External Affairs Representative; Judy Rodd from Friends of Blackwater; Bob Orndorff, Dominion State Policy Director.

You can also read more about this grant and the project by clicking here for a great article by Rick Steelhammer of the Charleston Gazette.

Latest FOB Newsletter Now Available Online!

Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue

Industry plan to reduce deadly effects of blades may not be enough, some scientists say

Click here to read this great article published in Scientific American by Amy Matthews Amos of Shepherdstown, WV.

Special Photo Offer!!

Photographer Steve Shaluta has graciously donated the use ofthis and three other stunning photos to Friends of Blackwater for our fundraising efforts. Any of these would make the perfect gift for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day or just because. Click here for more information and to order.

FOB featured in "Currents" Short Film

"Currents", a short film celebrating the dozens of volunteer watershed groups in West Virginia premiered at the West Virginia Rivers Film Festival at the Metropolitan Theater in Morgantown on October 22. Both Judy Rodd and Brandae Mullins were featured in the film. Click here to watch the trailer and the short film.

 

ACTION

Help Protect Our Precious Public Lands!

Seneca State Forest could also be impacted by the new southern route of the ACP mega-pipeline. Route maps show it cutting through the Forest across the popular Greenbrier River Trail and eliminating part of WV's long distance Allegheny Trail. Historic cabins built by the CCC in the 1930's could be effected.  Stand up for our public lands!! 

Send a message to Sam England Chief of WV State Parks and Director Randy Dye at WV Division of Forestry to express your concern.

Monongahela National Forest 3rd Comment Period on Dominion Gas  Pipeline Surveys has ended! Thank you for helping us protect our public land!

Click here for more information & maps!

SPOTLIGHT

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.

Buxton Landstreet Galleries Summer Classes: June-July, 2016, Click here for a full schedule.

Canaan Mountain Bike Festival: June 16-19, http://canaanmtbfestival.blogspot.com/p/sa.html

WV Days Celebration: Canaan Valley Resort June 17-
19, http://canaanresort.com/13/event-calendar/juneevents/

Celebration of the Arts: July 3, Canaan ValleyResort http://canaanresort.com/13/event-calendar/july-events/

M i d - S u m m e r W a l k Between the Parks: July 9 and August 8, Canaan ValleyResort/Blackwater Falls State Park http://canaanresort.com/13/event-calendar/julyevents/

Brew Skies Festival: August 19-20, Timberline Resort www.brewskiesfestival.com