Protecting the Blackwater Canyon and Allegheny Highlands
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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.  Join us!

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Upcoming Events

Connect with Friends of Blackwater at these upcoming special events

Special Event: Climate Change Conference December 1st

Friends of Blackwater is partnering with WVU to bring you the latest in climate change research this winter. We have a great lineup of speakers on topics including solar power, methane, climate communications, carbon credits and more.

Otter Creek Volunteer Day

On October 6th, Friends of Blackwater will be partnering with the Forest Service for a cleanup even in the Otter Creek Wilderness. We will be meeting at the Condon Run trailhead at 9:30 a.m. to get started. The first task will be picking up garbage, but in the event that there isn’t much garbage, tools […]


History Volunteer Day September 22nd

Friends of Blackwater is partnering with the Forest Service to clean up historic sites along the Blackwater Canyon rail grade on September 22nd. Meet at the Friends of Blackwater office, in the Buxton and Landstreet building at 10 a.m. to get started. We will provide some hand tools and gloves, but make sure to wear […]

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Run For It 2018

Join us for Run For It on September 29th, by either participating in the 5k run or 2k walk to help support Friends of Blackwater. The race starts at 11:00 a.m., but we recommend getting to Davis by at least 10:00 a.m. to get ready and take a team photo. Run For It is a […]

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Friends of Blackwater is a 501(c)3 non-profit working to protect the Blackwater Canyon and Allegheny Highlands region


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Latest News

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Press Release: Citizens Object to Plan for Commercial Logging in Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Press Release: Friends of Blackwater Contact: Judy Rodd [email protected] Office: 304-345-7663 cell: 304-552-7602 Date: September 17, 2018 Citizens Object to Plan for Commercial Logging in Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge The West Virginia conservation group Friends of Blackwater has filed a comment letter with the Fish and Wildlife Service challenging a proposal to commercially log […]


The JR Clifford Play

Friends of Blackwater’s J.R. Clifford Project organized plays dramatizing the court case that brought equality in education to West Virginia. The video below features some of those performances. The case was brought by schoolteacher Carrie Williams, who demanded that her African American students got the same length school year as white students. J.R. Clifford, a […]


A New Home For Liberty

Friends of Blackwater presented a series of historical plays about the founding of the state of West Virginia, as part of our J.R. Clifford Project. The video below shows some highlights from the performances. The “New Home for Liberty” plays highlight the important role that civil rights and anti-slavery advocates played in the creation of […]

Friends of Blackwater

Caring and courageous people are the key to effective environmental stewardship. These people and their stories are a part of Friends of Blackwater.
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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.
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Blackwater Volunteers

These energetic volunteers are upgrading historic sites in the Blackwater Canyon.
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J.R. Clifford

West Virginia’s first African American attorney, who won a historic victory for equality in education. (1848-1933)
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Dr. Tom Pauley

Dr. Pauley has studied the endangered Cheat Mountain salamander for 40 years, while raising up new generations of skilled biologists. 
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Brianna All

Brianna All spent a summer deep in the Monongahela National Forest, monitoring the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel.
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Save Blackwater Canyon supporters

Supporters at Cheat Fest sign a photo petition with Ginny the flying squirrel, to help save Blackwater Canyon.

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