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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

WV Scenic Trails Assn. Meeting March 14th

Our friends at the West Virginia Scenic Trails Association will be holding an informational meeting March 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the DNR office in Elkins. For more information, visit www.wvscenictrails.org or contact bchirt@gmail.com. The West Virginia Scenic Trails Association is a volunteer-driven organization that does trail maintenance, leads hikes, and publishes a hiking guide. […]

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WV Scenic Trails Assn. Meeting March 14th

Our friends at the West Virginia Scenic Trails Association will be holding an informational meeting March 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the DNR office in Elkins. For more information, visit www.wvscenictrails.org or contact bchirt@gmail.com. The West Virginia Scenic Trails Association is a volunteer-driven organization that does trail maintenance, leads hikes, and publishes a hiking guide. […]

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History Day at the Legislature

On February 21st, Friends of Blackwater participated in History Day at the West Virginia legislature. In honor of Black History Month, we highlighted our J.R. Clifford Project and the history of civil rights in West Virginia. It was great to meet with so many history enthusiasts, and we gave out many copies of our J.R. […]

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J.R. Clifford Site Update Complete

We have completed our update of the J.R. Clifford project website. Although the content of the website has remained largely the same, we’ve fixed all of the broken links and updated the look of the site. Although those are the main changes that will be visible to the public, behind the scenes the new content […]

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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