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BLACKWATER CANYON THREATENED AGAIN!

For more than fifteen years, the core mission of Friends of Blackwater has been to protect the 10,000 acre Blackwater Canyon, West Virginia's scenic "Crown Jewel" -- and to move the approximately 2,500 acres of land in the Canyon remaining in private hands into public ownership. 

Allegheny Wood Products ("AWP") is moving ahead with plans for logging and development on their private land in the Canyon, along the Blackwater River.  Bulldozers and chainsaws could be in the Canyon this fall, doing serious harm to endangered bats, to "Ginny" the West Virginia Flying Squirrel, to the Cheat mountain salamander, and to the Blackwater River.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service must review AWP's plans before the company could get a permit to injure endangered species in the Canyon.   As part of the application process, there is a federal comment period, which provides a major opportunity to mobilize scientific, public, and policy opinion and pressure.  FOB will let you know immediately when any comment period begins, so you can make your voice heard!   
AWP's owner has said he is willing to sell this property, but negotiations have stalled and need to be restarted.  We are asking West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to help restart negotiations.  And, to get additional funds for this purchase, we need to engage the West Virginia delegation to Congress. Please, let your views be heard – they make a difference!  Send a message to the Governor and ask that all of the Blackwater Canyon be put in public ownership. We have to keep the pressure on! 



 

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