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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."


Cheat Canyon Purchase Celebrated!

After eleven years of stalwart advocacy by Friends of Blackwater (and our wonderful allies), the entire wild and scenic Cheat River Canyon in Preston County is now permanently safe from destructive logging and road-building -- and will be moved into public ownership. Click here to read more!


Proposed Pipelines Threaten Monongahela National Forest? 

Dominion has proposed pipelines that will stretch across West Virginia and Virginia to move natural gas toNorth Carolina for export. They could impact our public lands in the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests, including iconic areas like the Shaver's Fork, Gaudineer Knob, Civil War sites and flying squirrel habitat. A new Coalition has formed to challenge this pipeline.

You can view the maps and read articles about proposed pipeline projects by clicking here.  

Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Conference Impacts Initiative

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Save the Eagles!

The bald and golden eagles are symbols of our land.  Proud and noble rulers of the skies.  These wonderful birds are threatened by badly sited industrial wind projects across the nation.
The Bald and Golden eagle Act is supposed to protect them from harm.

However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is undermining this ACT by proposing a 30 year exemption for industrial wind projects that kill these majestic birds. By issuing this Rule under a categorical exclusion the USFWS has violated both NEPA and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. 

Say no to this government plan.  Click here to read a sample letter and submit your comments. 



Summer Tour of Blackwater with Briana

Our summer intern, Briana All, did a fabulous job of chronicling her adventures in Blackwater. Take a few minutes and click here to read all about the fun she had in and around the Canyon.