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2005 - 2009

January 2005: Governor Bob Wise included Blackwater Canyon in his farewell address

March 2005: Senator John Yoder introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 38 requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the feasibility and utility of a National Park in the High Allegheny Region of the State of West Virginia. Yoder was joined by Senators McCabe, Hunter, Bowman, Bailey, White, Unger, and Foster.

April 9, 2005: FOB filed a lawsuit against AWP to protect rare species in the Cheat Canyon.

January 2006: Friends of Blackwater launched campaign to stop Forest Service from granting easement rights to the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail to Allegheny Wood Products and 5,000 citizens submit comments.

March 2006: Second National Park Bill introduced in WV Legislature by Delegate Sharon Spencer and Senator Randy White.

Earth Day 2006: Friends of Blackwater began a petition campaign to Tell Governor Manchin to Save the Trail.

August 6, 2006: Clifford Niagara Project celebrated 100th Anniversary of the Niagara Movement meeting at Harpers Ferry organized by J.R. Clifford and W.E.B. DuBois. The Clifford play depicting the events surround the Carrie Williams vs. the Board of Education was performed at Storer College.

September 2006: Save Our Squirrel Coalition was formed by FOB on learning that the government planned to remove all federal protections from the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (WVNFS). 12-18-06 Fish and Wildlife Service proposes the Delisting of the WVNFS.

January 24, 2007: WV State Historic Preservation Office said no to the Forest Service Plan for the Blackwater Trail Timber Road.

February 5, 2007: A settlement was reached with AWP insuring protection for endangered and threatened species in Cheat Canyon.

April 2007: FOB organized comments on delisting proposal for West Virginia northern flying squirrel. 35 page comment letter submitted by 21 groups that make up the Save Our Squirrel coalition.

June 2008: Logging Halted in Blackwater Canyon after FOB sent letters of protest to the Fish and Wildlife Service regarding threats to endangered species.

June 2008: Governor Joe Manchin and the WV Legislature set aside 5 million dollars for purchase of threatened lands in the Blackwater Canyon.

September 25th 2008: Ginny the WV northern flying squirrel’s protections removed by the federal government.

September 10th 2008: Proposed Gas Lease on the Mon National Forest at Roaring Plains protested, proposed lease withdrawn from sale.

October 2008: Albert Highwall re-engineering work finished.  Project was undertaken to reduce acid mine drainage in North Fork of Blackwater. It was paid for by funds procured, from the WVDEP and the OSM 319 grant programs, by FOB.

February 20th 2009: Friends of Blackwater Canyon’s J.R. Clifford Project hosted a Celebration of the Life and Works of J.R. Clifford to honor his inclusion in the US Postal Service's 2009 Civil Rights Pioneer Commemorative Stamp Series.

March 3rd 2009: Gas Lease on Mon National Forest at Brushy Run Stopped.

April 2009: North Fork Project completed its Report on the North Branch of the Potomac Water Quality

September 18 2009: FOB filed a motion to be named an intervening party in the appeal of the Chief Logan gas drilling case.

November 12th 2009: SOS Ginny the WV northern flying squirrel Delisting Appeal filed.

December 2009: Total of 1,200 acres of Snail Preserves in Cheat Canyon set aside.