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

Art Reception and History Talk at the B&L

We love sharing a building with the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery, we are excited to once again be collaborating with the B&L for a reception. This time we are celebrating a new display of nature-focused artwork from Ruth Blackwell Rogers, which will be at the B&L beginning May 25th. The reception will be from 6 […]

Great Courtroom Dramas of Tucker County in the 1890s

On May 23rd at 7 p.m. at the Cottrill Opera House in Thomas, Friends of Blackwater will be hosting a talk on notable court cases in Tucker County’s history. Guest speaker Tom Rodd is a former lawyer and state Supreme Court clerk, and director of the J.R. Clifford Project. The event is free and there […]

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State Park Spotlight: Cathedral State Park

Cathedral State Park, located in Preston County, is home to the largest documented stand of virgin timber remaining in West Virginia. Although the park is relatively small (only 133 acres), the trees there reach as much as 90 feet tall and 16 feet in circumference. Some of the trees in Cathedral are over 400 years […]


Wildlife Lesson at Local School

On May 16th, Friends of Blackwater visited the Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative in Thomas to talk about wildlife, in honor of Endangered Species Day. Students ranging from 3 all the way up to 12 listed and classified species, deciding which were domestic, which were wild but common, and which were wild and rare. Domestic animals […]

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Students Learn about Water Quality Sensors

Friends of Blackwater visited a high school class in Garrett County last week to help students program remote sensors that can be used to monitor water quality. These sensors will be installed along Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Blackwater River, to improve Friends of Blackwater’s water quality program. Usually, monitoring water quality means getting […]

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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