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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."

ACTION - Save Our State Parks!

Governor Jim Justice is threatening to pass legislation legalizing lumbering in state parks, undermining 80 years of protection. Push back against this dangerous plan! Tell the Governor and your legislators that you want state parks protected.

Please let your voice be heard! Fill out the Petition to Stop State Park Logging, click submit and it will be sent to West Virginia Governor Jim Justice


West Virginia and the Allegheny Highlands are home to many beloved creatures who depend on the Endangered Species Act for protection.  But now the Trump administration wants to gut the Act! 

“Ginny,” the amazing WV Northern Flying Squirrel; the cute-as-a-button Cheat Mountain salamander , Lucy the northern long-eared bat  -- and all their pals in our streams, rivers, and forests -- are counting on us to speak out for the natural world.  We have to stop this assault on our basic environmental protection laws.  We must tell our members of Congress that the Endangered Species Act is doing a good job, and we need it more than ever. 

Please let your voice be heard!  Fill out the ESA support letter here, click submit and it will be sent to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin

Remember, extinction is forever! 

Thanks, Judy Rodd, Director, Friends of Blackwater

PS - It will help if you add a sentence about your love of West Virginia’s rare wildlife.

Latest FOB Newsletter Now Available Online


New Railroad Brochure Available!

Blackwater Canyon’s railroad history comes to life in Friends of Blackwater’s heritage brochure. The historic map inside explains where Davis Coal and Coke’s buildings were located along the current rail trail from Thomas to Hendricks.

To order send one dollar ($1) to:
Friends of Blackwater
PO Box 247 - Thomas, WV 26292



Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival Presented by Friends of Blackwater

When: February 8th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: White Grass Ski Touring Center, in Canaan Valley

What: A screening of films celebrating winter recreation. A delicious pasta dinner will be available for purchase from the White Grass Kitchen for $12 (not included in ticket price). We will also be holding a raffle of fun items donated by local businesses.

How: Buy tickets for $15 at the door, or online at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Friends of Blackwater at 304-345-7663 or

Canyon Rim Cleanup

Help Us Create Master Plan for Blackwater Canyon Trails, Thomas to Olson Fire Tower: Take Our Survey

Click here to view a map of the area trails with a zoom feature.

Click here to read the draft Trails Master Plan.

Click here to take the survey.

WV Wildlife Threatened .. Act Now - Save the Act!


Click here to send an email to Senator Joe Manchin!


For more information about any of the posted events or service opportunities, contact Kate at