Despite some rainy periods, I was able to conduct two very successful butterfly surveys this week, along with plenty of good birding. On the afternoon of July 19th produced the warm sun rays finally broke through the clouds enough to aid in butterflies being on the wing. The highlight of this survey came in the […]
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Salamanders of the Blackwater Watershed
Join Us For History & Eco Tours!
Click on this poster to get information and RSVP for the July 16 “Shootout at the Depot” program in Parsons
Say No to Upper Cheat River Project! Save Trout, Bats, & Stop Flooding!
Thank You NCCC Team Tide 3!
Aaron’s Audacious Adventures!
We have begun to release a series of articles about our Naturalist, Aaron Graham and his exploration of the Blackwater Watershed.
He has been surveying different biodiversity hotspots of the area in search of different species of plants and animals. He is an ace photographer and will post pictures of his findings in each edition!
Check Out Our 2022 State of the River Report!
Our Project Coordinator, Frank, has been working on this report for some time now and it’s finally ready! Inside you will find information about the health, recreational opportunities, unique plants & animals, and history of the Blackwater Watershed! Click here to give it a read!
We are building a circle of love and protection around the landscapes and communities that we cherish.
Friends of Blackwater works to protect and promote natural beauty, diverse creatures, unique heritage, and the outdoor recreation economy in the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands — home to the magnificent, 10,000-acre Blackwater Canyon – West Virginia’s “Scenic Crown Jewel.” Our professional staff and grass-roots citizen advocacy are a strong force for responsible conservation and sustainable progress in the Highlands.
FOB in the Newsroom
- 7/28/22 The Intermountain: Petition fights Corridor H’s Tucker route
- 7/25/22 WBOY: Corridor H petition gets more signatures than populations of Thomas and Davis
- 5/20/22 Cumberland Times: Federal funding will help build new regional trail
- 5/19/22 Crngressman David Trone: $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for the Blackwater Loop and Appalachian Regional Heritage Trail Project
- 5/19/22 WCBC: $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for the Blackwater Loop and Appalachian Regional Heritage Trail Project
- 5/18/22 The Intermountain: Wonders of Water camp coming to Davis
- 5/17/22 Charleston Gazette: $1.2M Appalachian Regional Commission grant will complete Blackwater Loop Trail
- 5/16/22 The Intermountain: Tucker’s Blackwater Loop Trail project receives $1M grant
- 5/12/22 WBOY Clarksburg: New trails aim to boost Tucker County tourism
- 3/23/22 Parsons Advocate: FOB Call To Action On Upper Cheat Timber Project
- 3/11/22 Senator Manchin NCCC Press Release
- 11/10/21 Parsons Advocate: NCCC helps Friends of Blackwater and the West Virginia Land trust
- 6/08/21 Parsons Advocate: Restoring the Blackwater Trail
- 6/07/21 Parsons Advocate: Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day with Camp 70 Road Cleanup
- 5/28/21 Parsons Advocate: Blackwater River Loop Trail Gets Support
- 2/15/21 Parsons Advocate: MKL Weekend food drive raises $5600 for Tucker Food Banks
- 1/09/21 The Intermountain: FOB Thanks Legislators for New River Gorge Designation
- 11/04/20 Parson’s Advocate: New Illustrated Signs Highlight Heritage in Davis and Thomas
- 11/02/20 States of Leading News: Governor Justice awards $8.6 million in TARTP Grants in West Virginia
This week I completed my first bird transect, that fell along the Thomas section of the Blackwater Rail Trail. July is an interesting time of the year to be out birding as you can note the breeding behavior of birds and start to see the first trickling of bird movements. In saying this, July is […]
This week’s adventures featured the last of the bird point count surveys on the Blackwater Rail Trail. Highlights included birds that were already proving that post breeding dispersal and failed breeding movements are starting to occur. Post breeding dispersal occurs when species have finished up their nesting for the season and disperse out from their […]
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Friends of Ginny!
Purdue University scientist Elizabeth Flaherty, and her graduate student are learning important new information about the diet of “Ginny”, the West Virginia Flying Squirrel.
These energetic volunteers are upgrading historic sites in the Blackwater Canyon.
West Virginia’s first African American attorney, who won a historic victory for equality in education. (1848-1933)
Dr. Tom Pauley
Dr. Pauley has studied the endangered Cheat Mountain salamander for 40 years, while raising up new generations of skilled biologists.
Brianna All spent a summer deep in the Monongahela National Forest, monitoring the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel.
Save Blackwater Canyon supporters
Supporters at Cheat Fest sign a photo petition with Ginny the flying squirrel, to help save Blackwater Canyon.