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FOB was formed in 2000 to protect the Blackwater Canyon, West Virginia’s scenic “Crown Jewel” and to move 3,000 acres threatened with logging and development into protected private ownership.  Since that time we moved 650 acres of Canyon land into Blackwater Falls State Park and kept the public Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail from turning into a logging haul road.  We have protected “Ginny” the West Virginia northern flying squirrel with advocacy and research.   Friends of Blackwater is the only group in West Virginia dedicated to protecting our rare and endangered species.

We have expanded our work to cleaning up streams in the Blackwater watershed degraded by acid mine drainage and working to restore trout to headwater streams in the Monongahela National Forest.  We watch over the “Mon” to protect the rare ecology of its million acres of public land from energy development that could threaten its unique ecology.  We educate the public about the threat of climate change to the Allegheny Highlands, promote outdoor recreation and heritage tourism and organize volunteers to build and maintain trails in Tucker County in our field office along the Blackwater River in Davis WV.  Come visit us next to BoomTown Java and pick up a trail map of Blackwater Canyon or click here to print our on-line version.

 

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