Join us to celebrate our 45th Wedding Anniversary, and our moving back to Preston County -- and to raise funds to support Friends of Blackwater and the J.R. Clifford Project. We'll have tasty food and drinks, and live music. Click here for more details.
Alert: Comments Urgently Needed to Protect Whooping Cranes and Piping Plovers at Wind Project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering issuing the first-ever Incidental Take Permit to a industrial wind project for endangered Whooping Cranes and threatened Piping Plovers. If FWS grants the permit, the Merricourt Wind Power Project in North Dakota would be protected from prosecution under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for killing Whooping Cranes and Piping Plovers. The American Bird Conservancy is urgently seeking groups to sign on to their comment letter. For more information please click here.
Bad News for Ginny
On November 1, 2012,our request for a rehearing was denied. We will continue to fight for Ginny and her mountain home. Tell President Obama you care.....Click here!
On October 29, 2012, exactly four months after the devastating Derecho ravaged Tucker County, the Frankenstorm arrived, just in time for Halloween. Tucker County residents spent several days dealing with everything from heavy winds to blizzard like conditions. Damages included blocked roads, downed trees and days with no power. Among the casualties is the boardwalk that leads down to Blackwater Falls. For more info and articles please visit The Parsons Advocate by clicking here.
October FOB Newsletter Now Available Online!
Cordie Hudkins passes away
On Sunday, October 14, 2012 Cordie O. Hudkins, Jr. , former Chief of West Virginia's State Parks passed away. Cordie was a champion of all of our state parks and was a great supporter of the work to protect Blackwater. Even after his retirement he continued to be a guardian of our beloved state parks, evan raising the alarm about potential gas drilling at Chief Logan. Cordie will be missed by many. Please click here for service information and to read his obituary.
Wind Turbines Take Toll On Birds And Bats
On October 10, 2012 "Voices of America" released a story discussing the wind industry. Heavily featured was West Virginia and the death of birds and bats at wind farms. Click here to Read More. In addition to the written article there is a video available on YouTube. Please click here to view the video.
On August 17, 2012, in a two-to-one ruling, the appeals court overturned the lower court's decision putting “Ginny” the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel back on the Endangered Species list. Unless we ask for a review of this decision, Ginny and her babies will be stripped of federal protection in October. Appeals court Judge Rogers issued a strong dissent supporting our position, and pointing out exactly how the other judges were going against the plain language of the Endangered Species Act. Click here to read the Opinion of the Appeals Court.
The fourth endangered Indiana bat to die at an eastern wind farm was found on Laurel Mountain in Barbour County in July. The endangered bat kill also follows the massive bird kill event caused by lighting at the AES Laurel Mountain wind facility. Friends of Blackwater joined 8 groups in sending a letter of complaint (signed in January, 2012, to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) about the massive bird kill (in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act). No enforcement action has been taken against AES Laurel Mountain which has now violated the civil and criminal provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Please click here to read the press release regarding this event.
Cheat Canyon Snail Preserves Moving to Full Protection!
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has given $700,000 to the West Virginia West Virginia Division of Natural Resources DNR for the purchase of the portion of the Cheat Canyon in Preston County formerly owned by Allegheny Wood Products. Read More.
Vote Davis, WV for Best Small Mountain Town
Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine is once again running its contest to name "The Best Mountain Town". Currently Davis is in second place. Please click here and vote to make Davis, WV #1.
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