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Happy 20th Anniversary FOB!

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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 June Newsletter is Here!

The June 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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Run For It for FOB… from home!

Run For It may be virtual this year, but the purpose is still the same – to raise awareness and support for non-profits like Friends of Blackwater, civic organizations and other charities. The Tucker Community Foundation challenges participants to raise team support for the community cause of their choice during the Virtual Run For It […]

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration Volunteering Opportunities

Friends of Blackwater was recently awarded a grant from the National Forest Foundation to begin the Blackwater Rail Trail Botanical Restoration project. Today, non-native “invasive species” like autumn olive, stilt weed, multiflora rose, garlic mustard, Tartarian honeysuckle, and Japanese barberry are choking out native plants like milkweed, an essential host for migrating Monarch butterflies. This […]

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Keystone NPDES Online Public Hearing September 16th

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Mining and Reclamation, 47 School Street, Suite 301, Philippi, WV 26416, will hold an online Public Hearing from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 as result of the comments and petition signatures submitted by Friends of Blackwater and you! The conference may […]

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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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Run For It for FOB… from home!

Run For It may be virtual this year, but the purpose is still the same – to raise awareness and support for non-profits like Friends of Blackwater, civic organizations and other charities. The Tucker Community Foundation challenges participants to raise team support for the community cause of their choice during the Virtual Run For It […]

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration Volunteering Opportunities

Friends of Blackwater was recently awarded a grant from the National Forest Foundation to begin the Blackwater Rail Trail Botanical Restoration project. Today, non-native “invasive species” like autumn olive, stilt weed, multiflora rose, garlic mustard, Tartarian honeysuckle, and Japanese barberry are choking out native plants like milkweed, an essential host for migrating Monarch butterflies. This […]

Happy Women’s Equality Day!(2)

Celebrating WV Women Trailblazers

Happy 100th anniversary to the 19th Amendment! On August 19th in 1920, Tennessee became the 50th state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women across the United States the right to vote and 8 days later on August 26th, when we now celebrate Women’s Equality Day, it was signed into law. Friends of Blackwater is […]

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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