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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 December 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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Bank of Davis National Register Meeting

The National Bank of Davis building is nominated to the National Register. The application will be reviewed by the WV Dept. of Arts, Culture & History on February 20. If that body approves the nomination then it goes on for federal approval. The required public meeting for comment will be held on January 13 at […]

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2020 Backcountry Film Fest

  Friends of Blackwater is again sponsoring this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, at Whitegrass Ski Touring Center in Canaan Valley, on Friday, February 21st, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Don’t miss your chance to see 2019’s most exciting winter sports films and bid on auction items donated by local businesses! This year, […]

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December 14th Open House

Save the date! Friends of Blackwater and Vandalia Heritage Foundation are hosting a Holiday Open House on December 14th from 2-4 pm at the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery. Come do some local holiday shopping and learn about each of our great organizations. 10% of all purchases that day will support FOB’s work in the Allegheny […]

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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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Bank of Davis National Register Meeting

The National Bank of Davis building is nominated to the National Register. The application will be reviewed by the WV Dept. of Arts, Culture & History on February 20. If that body approves the nomination then it goes on for federal approval. The required public meeting for comment will be held on January 13 at […]

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Mon Forest Will Reconsider Timbering Plan

In June of 2019, Friends of Blackwater, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy filed objections to a large-scale timbering proposal for 171,579 acres on the Monongahela National Forest located near White Sulfur Springs– called the “Panther Ridge Habitat Enhancement Project.” On November 21, 2019, the Forest Service filed their response, […]

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2020 Backcountry Film Fest

  Friends of Blackwater is again sponsoring this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, at Whitegrass Ski Touring Center in Canaan Valley, on Friday, February 21st, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Don’t miss your chance to see 2019’s most exciting winter sports films and bid on auction items donated by local businesses! This year, […]

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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