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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.

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The February Newsletter is Here!

The February newsletter is here! Read it online by clicking the button below, or visit the newsletter archive to catch up on previous issues.

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CANCELLED- Beaver Creek/Camp 70 Spring Clean Up

This event has been cancelled, due to concern for volunteer health during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be rescheduled later this spring/summer. Friends of Blackwater is hosting a Beaver Creek and Camp 70 spring clean up on April 4th from 9 am- noon. Get some fresh air and practice social distancing while cleaning up the […]


Underground Injection Public Hearing

The Underground Injection Public Hearing on March 5th in Parsons was a success! Over 50 concerned members of the public showed up at the Tucker Co Board of Education Gym. People came from Morgantown, Charles Town, Kingwood, Cheat Lake, and all over Tucker County. 15 of these attendees spoke up, voicing their opposition to this […]

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Blackwater Rail Trail Heritage Open House

Have you seen the historic signs that FOB installed from Thomas to Douglas along the Blackwater Rail Trail? They cover topics from coal mining to railroad operation through the Blackwater Canyon, to historic local businesses and more. Friends of Blackwater is hosting an open house and reception in Parsons, WV on March 9th from 5-7 […]

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

If you prefer to donate by check, you can mail your contribution to PO Box 247, Thomas WV 26292.


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USFS Scoping: Upper Elk and Grassy Ridge

Recently, FOB had the opportunity to comment on the scoping plans for two different Forest Service land management and timbering projects, Upper Elk and Grassy Ridge. The Forest Service releases a “scoping” document prior to any environmental assessments or any other plans relating to a management project. This helps determine the size/scale of the project […]

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Gene Stratton-Porter: A Conservation Legacy

As famous in her heyday as any contemporary author today, Gene Stratton-Porter was a celebrated naturalist, author, photographer, and film producer. Born in Indiana in 1863, she grew up with a love of nature, especially birds, and spent her childhood roaming farms and forests, learning about their unique habitats and capturing the beauty of the […]

COVID-19 and Wildlife

FOB signed onto the following letter alongside other environmental protection groups to Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy  in Washington DC on March 23rd regarding the links between zoonotic diseases, including COVID-19, the trade of wildlife, and habitat destruction. As you begin to consider additional larger stimulus packages for the U.S. economy to […]

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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