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!

The June Newsletter is Here!

Get the latest issue of the Friends of Blackwater newsletter online, featuring historic signs, watershed restoration, Endangered Species, and more.

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Protect the Endangered Species Act!

Stand up for sound science and protect the Endangered Species Act

Use the form at the right to send a message telling Congress to preserve the Endangered Species Act.

This bedrock environmental law is under attack, and our legislators need to understand that the public supports protections for wildlife and biodiversity. Protecting species also helps to preserve the large landscape, keeping our wild and wonderful places safe.

The form at right will provide you with some text for the letter, but personalized letters are even better, so go ahead and edit it as much as you want.

Upcoming Events

Connect with Friends of Blackwater at these upcoming special events

Living History Presentations Labor Day Weekend

Learn about West Virginia history with live reenactments! Friends of Blackwater is sponsoring a presentation Sunday September 2nd at 3 p.m. at the Thomas City Park. Presenter Doug Wood will tell the story of Gabriel Arthur, a frontiersman who was the first white man to see the Kanawha River Valley in 1674. Arthur was part […]


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 […]


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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Progress on Parks, LWCF, and more

We got some good news this week, as both of West Virginia’s Senators expressed their support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF supports outdoor recreation and conservation programs around the country, including  millions of dollars for projects right here in West Virginia. Both Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley State […]

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Bald Eagles: An Endangered Species Act Success Story

Bald Eagles are one of America’s most iconic species. They might not be here today, if it weren’t for the Endangered Species Act. This vital law has protected many species, but the law itself now needs protection. You can send a letter to Congress asking them to maintain protections for the Endangered Species Act from […]


History Lecture Explores the Legacy of Early WV Industrialist

On August 11th, roughly 40 people gathered at Cottrill’s Opera House to learn about Henry Gassaway Davis, the pioneering businessman who named many of the towns in this area. The speaker, John Alexander Williams, is a native of White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County, and has written about his home state for more than 50 […]

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.
Purdue University researcher Liz Flaherty

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)
herpetologist Dr. Pauley with a snake and a turtle

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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